Supporting The Community
As an Island, Rottnest understands the importance of community. Rottnest Island Authority is proud to be involved in several charity and sponsorship initiates to support the wider community.
Supporting The Clontarf Foundation since 2008
Since 2008, Rottnest Island Authority have contributed $212 805 to the Clontarf Foundation plus much in-kind sponsorship for logistics of events. Rottnest Island Authority is the official sponsor of the famous Wadjemup Cup, a round robin football competition coordinated by the Clontarf Foundation. During the Wadjemup Cup, Indigenous players from around the state stay on the Island for two nights with the competition taking place on the Saturday. Now in its 8th year, Wadjemup Cup is an iconic event on Rottnest Island and this sponsorship is part of the RIA’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Supporting Telethon since 2012
Rottnest Express and Rottnest Island Authority have teamed up to help Telethon and give visitors the best deals (as much as 50% discounts) to travel to Rottnest Island! For every person who travels with Rottnest Express on Tuesdays, $1 is donated to the Telethon Appeal.
Rottnest Island Carnivale (Annual event)
September 28, 2014 saw the first ever Rottnest Island Carnivale, an island-wide event proudly supporting Telethon. Rottnest Island Carnivale swept Rottnest Island, boasting a number of Event Zones for one and all, including loads of free games and activities, live music, roving magic performances and special appearances from Fat Cat and Tiharna from The Amazing Race. Not to mention, real mermaids and roving pirates were also spotted on the Island. Due to the event's huge success, Rottnest Island hosted the event again in October 2015. Between Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express and Island's business community, the following amounts were raised and donated to the Telethon Appeal:
Supporting the Smith Family charity since 2014
The Smith Family charity support disadvantaged young Australians to create better futures for themselves through supporting their education. In 2014, Rottnest Island Authority contributed $2,800 worth of accommodation, bike equipment and tours plus staff time for a Smith Family camp of 20 students and 4 teachers. The Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce also supported this community initiative through the provision of meals and activities.
Supporting Breast Cancer Care WA and the McGrath Foundation since 2015
In 2015, Rottnest Fast Ferries and Rottnest Island Authority supported the "Buying Time" campaign, designed to raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer Care WA and the McGrath Foundation. Throughout April and May, Rottnest Fast Ferries provided island visitors with discount return ferry fares, in which $1 from every ticket was donated towards the Buying Time Campaign.
Rottnest Express Sponsorship of the Wadjemup Walk Trail Project
In 2015, Rottnest Express sponsored 443 return ferry fares for volunteers from 6 Community Groups to come to Rottnest and complete tasks associated with revegetation for the Walk Trail project. These volunteers contributed 4940.5 hours of in-kind labour to plant 6,865 trees and conduct tree guard installation & maintenance. Funds saved through utilising volunteer support and not having to pay ferry fares to get the volunteers to the Island means more money could go directly into building the Trail itself!
In 2016, Rottnest Express sponsored 390 return ferry fares for volunteers. These volunteers contributed 3,326 hours of in-kind labour to revegetate Rottnest Island through plant propagation, tree guard maintenance, tree planting (10,300 seedlings), sand dune stabilisation and sea spurge weeding.
Thank you to Rottnest Express for their generous support of this significant conservation initiative and also to the community groups who contribute their time to help!