Our Charities

The South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a great opportunity to fundraise and support a number of worthy charities. Not only does the Rottnest Channel Swim Association donate money to the following charities but they also allow swimmers to raise funds through the online fundraising service, Grassrootz. If you choose to fundraise through Grassrootz, you can donate to one of our charities or another one that you prefer. You’ll be able to give back while being involved in a fantastic event – it’s a win-win!

Affiliated Charities

These charities contribute directly to the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim and the environment we swim in. Please consider making a donation to the fantastic work they undertake.

Marine Rescue Fremantle

Marine Rescue Fremantle is one of Australia’s busiest Sea Rescue groups. MRF are run by a team of over 100 passionate and dedicated volunteers, available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will attend to any boater or water-user in distress, who needs assistance.

These guardians of the waterways are recognised as a leading professional organisation, which have a long history and proud record of achievements. On average, they help out around 500 vessels every year.

Funding is made possible by corporate sponsorship, public donations and fundraising events. Limited funding is also provided by state government. MRF’s aim is to be as professional as possible as they go about their endeavours in and out of the water.

Visit their website to find out more or join up as a member.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation

Since 1986, the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation (via Sail Training Ship Leeuwin II) has been delivering its youth development program that challenges and inspires young people to live up to their potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.

A not for profit organisation, Leeuwin’s Youth Explorer voyages allow young people to experience a unique, challenging and inspirational ocean adventure. This helps to increase self-awareness, develop communication, improve teamwork and leadership skills, and create a strong sense of community.

The Foundation relies on the support of the government, community and corporate sector to continue to offer these unique youth training and development programs. You can help them invest in the lives of young people by making a donation to send them on a Leeuwin voyage.

Visit their website or get in touch at (08) 9430 4105 for more information.

Rottnest Foundation

Since 1985, the Rottnest Foundation has been ‘conserving the essence of Rottnest’ by raising funds and encouraging community involvement in projects that enhance the Island’s unique environmental, cultural, and heritage assets.

The Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity, endorsed by the Australian Government as an environmental organisation.

Vision – To conserve and enhance the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Wadjemup (Rottnest Island).

Purpose – To develop relationships and raise funds for projects which support the sustainability of the Island for generations to come.

Essence – Everything we do is motivated by our passion to sustain and conserve Wadjemup to ensure its longevity as a unique destination for all who visit.

Visit their website for more information.

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Sadly, every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. A lot of the time, thousands of these children and young people are faced with a diagnosis that can change their and their families’ lives, forever.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, supporters and volunteers, Starlight transforms these children’s experiences with innovative programs designed to enhance their total wellbeing and resilience, and give back their childhood.

Starlight programs are really important in caring for seriously ill children and young people. While the doctors are doing their thing and focusing on treating the illness, Starlight is there to focus on the child – lifting their spirits, giving them an opportunity to laugh and play, building resilience and improving their wellbeing. This is heart-warming for everyone involved, which could be you.

Starlight receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of the Australian community. You can check out their website for more information, or see Starlight’s programs in action.