Rotary Centenary Immunisation Pacific Project

Rotary is celebrating 100 years in Australasia in 2021 by introducing a project to immunise 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries.  This is an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Rotary achievements and demonstrate the contemporary relevance of the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’.  The four oldest Australasian Rotary Clubs – Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland, in partnership with UNICEF Australia and New Zealand will lead the immunisation across the Pacific Project to support the sustainable introduction of three new life-saving vaccines:
  • Rotavirus Vaccine – to prevent a severe form of diarrhoea;
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine – to prevent pneumonia, blood infections (such as sepsis) and meningitis;
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine – to prevent some types of cervical cancer
By working closely with each country’s Government, the program will continue in the long term, so generations of children and adolescent girls will be supported.  The nine Pacific Island countries that will benefit from this project are – the Cook Island, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  This new venture builds on the Rotary and UNICEF’s partnership that began in 1988, spearheading the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – the world’s largest ever public health endeavour.  So, what can you do to help?  You can be part of the committee for our Club working on this project and/or you can make a donation - $45 will immunise one child on an ongoing basis.  Many thanks to the David Levene Foundation who has already donated $4500 to immunise 100 children.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Jacqui in the office.