International Humanitarian Work

International Service is a major part of our Rotary Club. We have a significant involvement in the following programs:

  • PolioPlus – the leading international program to eradicate polio from the world
  • Shelterbox – provision of physical aid super packs for use in disaster relief
  • The Peace Fellowship Program is focused on conflict resolution and is managed through 6 Peace Centres worldwide, one being University of Qld at St Lucia. Students participating in the scholarship program undertake postgraduate studies and will return to their countries of origin to provide benefits gained at the Peace Centre. The Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium has been an active participant, both as a sponsor and host club.
  • Rotary Australia World Community Service Through Donations in Kind the club provides Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with hospital equipment, medical supplies, school desks, pharmaceuticals and reconditioned computers
  • Rotarians Against Malaria This involves the distribution of insecticide treated bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria
  • Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) brings children up to 15 years of age from developing countries to Australia to treat diseases and/or injuries using surgical procedures that are not available in their own countries
  • The Ambassadorial Scholar Program is the largest Rotary Program and provides postgraduate study for students who have completed their under-graduate degrees and are seeking advanced post-graduate studies. The funds to enable students to complete their studies in a foreign country are met by the Rotary Foundation.

Record of Peace Fellows & Counsellors 2004–2016

Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium hosted and provided counsellors for the following Peace Fellows who undertook their post-graduate Peace Fellowship Program at the University of Qld, St Lucia:

Class Year Peace Fellows Counsellors
3 2004 – 06 Karla Castellanos – USA Marion Tomes
4 2005 – 07 Sallie Lacy – USA John Lawrence & Janet Lawrence
4 2005 – 07 Etsuko Teranishi – Japan Col Beardmore
5 2006 – 08 Cecilia Nedziwe – South Africa Pam Taylor
7 2009 – 10 Rose Foley – Scotland Pam Taylor
7 2009 – 10 David LaMotte – US Jeff Stephens
8 2010 – 11 Sanaz Shahrokni – Iran Pam Taylor
9 2011 – 12 Luluday Aragaw Truneh – Ethiopia Suzanne Quintner
9 2011 – 12 David Burgener – Canada Col Beardmore, then Janet Lawrence
10 2012 – 13 Ana Maria Rodriguez Contreras – Columbia Judy Magub
10 2012 – 13 Erica Rose Jeffrey – USA Pam Taylor
11 2013 – 14 Shruti Upadhyay – India Suzanne Quintner
12 2014 – 15 Bobbie Chew Bigby – USA Dian Stroud & Jennifer Coleman
13 2015 – 16 Nadia Mahmood – Canada Suzanne Quintner
14 2015 – 16 Han (Tony) Zhang – China