Our Charities

The funds we raise with our Bobbin Head Cycle Classic go to support and carry out programs that benefit children and families in our community.

This exciting event is managed by the Rotary Clubs of Ku-ring-gai, St Ives, Wahroonga and Turramurra.

The Bobbo is a charity event run by volunteers. The event’s organisers encourage all supporters, well-wishers and family members of riders to join in the fundraising effort if they possibly can. Fundraising for the Bobbo or sponsoring a rider are unbelievably easy, painless and wonderful ways to support Lifeline. However, fundraising is not mandatory

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is proud to be the event’s primary charity partner. 50% of all funds raised go to Lifeline H2H.

Lifeline - 50% of all funds raised

Lifeline provides vital services in crisis mental health support and suicide prevention to people, who for a variety of reasons are struggling to survive. Lifeline operates 24-hour telephone counselling (13 11 14) and a range of related face-to-face services including; Personal or Couples Counselling, Problem Gambling Counselling, Suicide prevention programs, Suicide Bereavement Support Group, Men's Anger Management Course, Partners in Depression Group, Support Line and Community Aid.

Lifelines services SAVE LIVES in your local community. Someone you love could be calling or visiting Lifeline H2H right now.

Our other charities

In addition to Lifeline, your support will also go to the following charity beneficiaries...

KYDS Youth Development Service Inc.

KYDS is a non-profit organisation providing free, easily accessed mental health and counselling services for adolescents and their families across Northern Sydney.

KYDS professional staff help children deal with issues such as bereavement, exam anxiety, school stress, depression, bullying, body image, self -harm, suicide, relationship breakdown, anger management, substance abuse, addictions and family member illness.

KYDS provides a range of group support programs, in-school workshops for students, and parent information forums covering many topical issues and subjects. These programs focus on helping young people stay safe and achieve and maintain positive mental health in a range of circumstances.


Bo Children's Hospital

Rotary has built a Children's Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, to improve life expectancy of children and their families. Life expectancy is 48 years whereas in Australia it is 80 years.

Bo, a city of 500,000, is in the centre of the rural southern provinces of Sierra Leone. The under 5 mortality rate is 182 per 1,000 – as compared to Australia where it is of the order of 6 per 1000. The main killers are malaria, diarrheal diseases, respiratory disease and malnutrition. Life expectancy is 48 years whereas in Australia it is 80 years.

Rotary has built a Children's Hospital in Bo to improve life expectancy. The Hospital project commenced in 2008 and attention is now focused on running the hospital by providing staff, furnishings, office and medical equipment and medicines. Importantly, focus is also on health education and establishing a research unit that aims to educate children and parents on nutrition and prevention of disease.


Pymble Shore Sony Foundation Camp

Two local schools, PLC Pymble and Shore, have teamed up with the Sony Foundation to help transform the lives of children with a whole range of special needs.

A dedicated team of teaching and medical staff runs a four-day Children’s Holiday Camp, with a set of activities especially designed to help the children. Each child is teamed up with two Year 11 students from Shore and Pymble and the students experience the joys, challenges and demands involved in caring for a child with special needs — a life-changing experience for the students as well. Rotary is very proud to support these wonderful camps, which are all about “Changing Hearts – Changing Lives”.


Eagles RAPS

Eagles RAPS is a youth centre in Doonside providing an alternative education setting for young people who have had difficult times in mainstream school settings.

It is located in Doonside Sydney and is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide by giving opportunities to young people from disadvantaged / dysfunctional backgrounds through education and building self-confidence.

The organisation has established a "school" providing an education for young people unable to attend mainstream schools for varying reasons. The school was established in 2003 with 2 students and now has up to 150 students attending the Graham St Centre run by Mrs Wynd. It also caters for children with disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol problems and juvenile justice disorders and provides necessary training to help them gain employment.


Cromehurst Foundation

Provides essential facilities, resources and programs for children and adults with an intellectual disability...

One of the essential facilities is an independent living skills program conducted in The Cottage. There is no Government funding for past and present students of Cromehurst Special School who live in The Cottage during the week and learn many of the skills essential for daily living, such as cooking, cleaning and shopping as a complement to their school programs. The Foundation keeps The Cottage running as well as supporting Cromehurst Special School.


Food Bank

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing 60 million meals a year to over 2,400 charities and 1,000 schools around the country.

Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres. We operate with a staff of approximately 100 employees and over 3,000 volunteers.


Hornsby Ku-ring gai Women's Shelter

HKWS provides temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and /or violence.

The safe non-threatening environment provided helps them resolve their emotional / physical crisis. It also informs and empowers women to make active decisions about their lives, encourages them to seek alternatives and to share skills, ideas and information.

The Women's Shelter supports all women who can self manage, regardless of their age, sexuality, cultural and linguistic diversity or whether they have a disability or mental illness. It is also a strong advocate, on behalf of all women, to government, non-government and community agencies, on issues associated with homelessness and domestic violence and the impact these have on women and their families.


Hornsby Connect Inc.

The aim of Hornsby Connect is to provide support and hope to those that need it most within the community.

With a growing population, the Hornsby Shire covers a large region and has fallen victim to the many social issues that are reflected within the wider society. One major issue identified is the isolation and dislocation that some experience within our community. Whether it be the elderly or the young, due to cultural separation, or people experiencing financial hardships, Hornsby Connect is open for you.