Dear members and friends of the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour,
Accompanied by several Club members and Rotarians from throughout Sydney, I spent Sunday morning volunteering at the City2Surf. Though I’m sure some Rotarians did compete in the event, we helped out by marshalling. I personally spent the morning standing next to a fence, informing walkers that the fence was there for an important reason. You would be surprised how many assumed the fence was purely decorative.

By volunteering at City2Surf, attendees are able to receive a donation to their organisation they’re volunteering with, so our brisk morning of marshalling will aid the Club in our important work. As you might guess, a lot of other groups sent their volunteers for similar reasons, meaning I spent the morning in the company of Scouts, running enthusiasts and others dedicated to their communities and causes.

Truly, even if it did require getting up at 4AM, this was a pleasant morning, and I’d encourage anyone who missed to strongly consider attending next year!

For those that missed out, or for those who did attend and have still found that their itch to do good in the world has not yet been scratched, I’d love to see you at this weekend’s MediShare Container Loading. This will be a good weekend of some social volunteering, and will even feature a BBQ lunch. Registration is essentially, please sign up via the form on the event page.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting – 17/8/2022
August 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour is engaged in several different projects. Whether it’s working within our local community, advancing international understanding and providing humanitarian aid, providing for the development and advancement of our members or fostering new friendships, our Club strives to always put its hands to something useful. Board meetings allow for the Club’s leadership to discuss plans, co-ordinate on strategies and address Club issues. They allow the Club’s leadership a chance to discuss the our upcoming events and projects, and help ensure that we remain vibrant and cohesive. If you would like to sink your teeth into the administration behind our Club, you are very welcome to attend our board meetings.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Film Screening – “Die or Die Trying: Escaping the Taliban”
August 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Abraham Mott Hall

Our friends at the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove are hosting a screening of the documentary Die or Die Trying: Escaping the Taliban followed by a Q & A session with those featured in the film.

The one-hour documentary depicts the gripping and emotional experience of 15 young women from Kabul as the Taliban invade their city and seize power.
All funds raised will go towards club projects aimed at assisting refugees.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

MediShare Container Loading: South Sudan Appeal
August 20, 2022 at 9:00 am
Unit 4, 12 – 16 Anella Avenue, Castle Hill

MediShare works with a range of partners (including Rotary), government & not-for-profit organisations to add value to the infrastructure of health care in disadvantaged communities through the provision and shipping of recovered usable medical consumables, equipment and resources. By working with recipients to identify specific needs, and managing the shipment of requested equipment the focus, we are able to make a real difference to communities in need.

On August 20, we’ll be packing containers for MediShare to be sent to South Sudan. We need all the helpful hands we can get, and we’ll be holding a BBQ lunch

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Virtual Meeting – 24/8/2022
August 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Our digital club meetings are a great opportunity to discuss our upcoming events, ongoing projects and recent news from the comfort of your home office. If you are passionate about improving your world and local community, making new friends and developing new skills and are excited to attack new challenges, then this is the meeting for you.

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Social Meeting – 26/8/2022
August 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines

Our social drinks provide an opportunity for fellowship and unwinding along the Sydney Darling Harbour. Members, friends and new-comers are more than welcome as we discuss the month just gone, and look forward to the weeks ahead. No registration is required. If you have any questions, please email

For more information, or to get involved, visit

Final Thoughts

Major League Baseball pitcher Ed Porray is the only player in league history to not be born in a country. He was born on a fishing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on December 5th, 1888. His birth certificate lists “At sea, on the Atlantic Ocean” as his birthplace.

Well, that’s it from me. Don’t forget that our next meeting is on Wednesday the 24th of August at 6PM, taking place online. For more information, please visit

Until next week,
Drew Sturgiss
Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour