Featured Projects

Bridge to Phillip Island - credit: Fyre Willow

Cowes Opportunity Shop

The Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo runs the Cowes Opportunity Shop, a unique retail outlet that serves a dual purpose: providing affordable items for the community while raising funds for important charitable causes. As part of the global Rotary organisation, the Cowes Opportunity Shop is run by volunteers who are dedicated to making a positive impact in our local community and beyond.

The Shop offers a wide range of items, from clothing, household and electrical goods and collectibles. All items are donated by the community and carefully sorted and priced by volunteers, making it a great place to find unique and affordable treasures.

But our club’s Opportunity Shop is more than just a retail store. All proceeds from sales go towards supporting important local and international charitable causes, such as providing clean water, eradicating disease, and promoting education and literacy.

In addition to supporting charitable causes, the Shop is also a great way to get involved in the community and make a difference. Volunteers are always needed to help sort, price, and sell items, as well as provide customer service and administrative support. By volunteering at our Opportunity Shop, you can gain valuable skills, make new friends, and help support important charitable causes.

Overall, Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo’s Cowes Opportunity Shop is a great example of how a retail store can make a positive impact in the community and support important charitable causes.

Stop in yourself to find a great treasure and help your community.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

132 Thompson Avenue
Cowes VIC

Volunteers at the Opportunity Shop are always appreciated

Contact Us to volunteer!

Rotary Rehabilitation Courtyard at Cowes Hospital

The Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo is supporting the creation of a serene and lush Rehabilitation Courtyard at Phillip Island Hospital, which will be named the Rotary Rehabilitation Courtyard. This represents a significant investment by our club of $100,000 over 5 years in support of Bass Coast Health, Cowes Hospital.

The court yard will have numerous features, including a walking path of differing materials and textures to assist in the patient's physical mobility. It will also have shaded seating areas, and a water feature, all designed to promote physical activity and aid in patient rehabilitation.

Patients can use the garden to relax, de-stress, and work on their physical rehabilitation in a safe and supportive environment. The garden is also a great place for patients to socialise and connect with others.

We believe that the Rotary Rehabilitation Courtyard will provide the following benefits to the community of Phillip Island and San Remo:

  • Improves physical health: The court yard provides a safe and supportive environment for patients to exercise and improve their physical health.
  • Improves mental health: The court yard is a peaceful and calming space that can help to reduce stress and anxiety during their recovery process.
  • Promotes social interaction: The court yard is a great place for patients to socialise and connect with other patients and staff.
  • Enhances the healing process: The court yard can help to create a sense of hope and optimism, which can be beneficial for the healing process.

The Rotary Rehabilitation Courtyard is a valuable asset to the hospital, offering patients a place to heal both physically and mentally. If you are a patient at the Phillip Island Hospital, we encourage you to take advantage of this beautiful and peaceful space for your well-being.

The Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo is delighted to be supporting Bass Coast Health by sponsoring this valuable new asset to our community.

SkyHydrant Works in Timor Leste

Our club has been focusing on the delivery of clean water filtrations systems, called “SkyHydrant” to the people of Timor Leste. This innovative technology addresses the country's water scarcity and contamination issues by providing safe drinking water to communities in need.

The SkyHydrant is a cost-effective solution as each unit installed is around $5000. Funds that have been raised by the many volunteers within Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo.

The system requires minimal infrastructure and maintenance, making it a sustainable option for remote and underserved areas. It operates without both chemicals and electricity, relying on gravity to filter and distribute water, reducing operational costs.

It is highly efficient in removing contaminants as it employs advanced filtration techniques to eliminate bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and other harmful substances from water sources. This ensures that the treated water is safe for consumption, improving public health and reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases.

It can be easily installed in various locations, such as schools, health centres, and villages, providing clean water to multiple communities.

Moreover, SkyHydrant promotes sustainability by minimizing plastic waste. As it eliminates the need for bottled water, it reduces plastic pollution and environmental degradation. Additionally, the system encourages local community involvement through training programs, empowering residents to maintain and operate the SkyHydrant independently.

In summary, the SkyHydrant offers cost-effective, efficient, scalable, and sustainable solutions to Timor Leste's water challenges. Providing clean drinking water, improves public health, reduces plastic waste, and empowers communities to thrive.

This project is delivering better health and greater school attendance to the communities and is supported by Rotary Phillip Island and San Remo.

Phillip Island and San Remo Stories

A great result for our Cowes Op. Shop

Jul 2023

We are pleased to share the tremendous success of the Cowes Op Shop over the past 12 months.

This achievement would not have been possible without the incredible dedication and support of our Shop Manager Dianne Thomas and her team of amazing volunteers.

One of the key factors contributing to our success was the introduction of extended trading hours during the summer months. This decision allowed us to better serve our community and attract more shoppers to our store, resulting in increased sales and positive outcomes for Rotary.

Our team of volunteers, comprising both Rotary members and other passionate island residents, deserves special recognition. Their hard work and enthusiasm have played a vital role in making our Op Shop flourish.

We believe in having fun while making a difference, and our volunteers exemplify this spirit perfectly. Beyond raising considerable funds for our club, the Cowes Op Shop has become an invaluable resource for the community. It provides access to a wide range of quality second-hand goods, benefiting countless individuals in need.