Rotaract club for Geelong

Rotaract Club of Djilang members at the launch. (Supplied)

Ash Bolt

Geelong now has a new Rotaract club for young professionals and students to come together to develop their professional and leadership skills through community service.

The Rotaract Club of Djilang (Geelong) was launched last week with 29 founding members, including international and local tertiary students and young professionals.

Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers young professionals and students to create positive and lasting change in themselves, their local community and around the world.

It supports young people, aged between 18 and 35, to become emerging leaders in their study, work and local community.

The Rotaract Club of Djilang is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kardinia and supported by Study Geelong and Study Melbourne through an Inclusion Program Grant, designed to support the wellbeing of international students, including community inclusion.

Geelong MP Christine Couzens launched the club and said it would be an attraction for students in the region.

“Through initiatives like the Rotaract Club of Djilang, we want to promote Geelong as not only a high quality education destination, but also as a place for outstanding student experience,” she said.

“The Victorian government wants to ensure all international students have an opportunity to grow and thrive during their time here, and develop a sense of genuine belonging, so that you can call the neighbourhood where you live home.”

Founding president Lauren Murphy said the group was looking forward to supporting the community.

“Rotaractors help, learn, and enjoy,” she said.

“They help those in need, learn through professional development opportunities, and enjoy social activities.”

There are around 70 Rotaract clubs across Australia, which make up part of the worldwide organisation of over 250,000 individuals in nearly 11,000 clubs covering more than 180 countries.