The Whitehorse Art Show (formerly Box Hill Rotary Art Show) is one of a number of major fund raising projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Box Hill.
In giving amateur and professional artists the opportunity to present their work in this important event, funds generated are utilised for the benefit of the community.
The principal beneficiary this year is the Whitehorse Community Chest, a non-profit Community based organisation, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Charity Blackburn.
The Whitehorse Community Chest (WCC) raises funds throughout the year and then allocates them on an annual basis via two major grants programs, WCC Annual Organisational Grants and our Whitehorse Kids In Need Program. Their mission is to promote local giving by raising and distributing funds to organisations that provide health, well being, education, recreation and support services. Each year WCC carefully research and consider submissions from registered charitable organizations. The Whitehorse Community Chest financially supports those who provide services or programs that, either directly or indirectly, benefit people experiencing disadvantage within the Whitehorse Community.
The MS Society's mission is to help people affected by MS to live their best lives as they stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
The Rotary Club of Box Hill is committed to helping our community through these charities.
The Rotary Club of Box Hill was founded in 1957 with an inaugural membership of 31 men who started the club with the meetings being held at The Wattle Park Chalet.
The Rotary Club and its members have been at the forefront of many generous donations within the then City of Box Hill, and more latterly in the City of Whitehorse. Countless thousands of dollars have been expended to assist those people less fortunate than ourselves – and that is what Rotary Clubs are all about.
In 1965, the Rotary Club of Box Hill staged the first of their art shows, to provide an avenue for local artists to display and sell their work. From those humble beginnings an annual event was to emerge which saw 2017 stage the 53rd Annual Art Show.
In 1989/90 the Rotary Club funded a community bus, which was donated to the then City of Box Hill for the transport of the elderly, and further donations were made to assist in the building of the St Johns Ambulance station, also in Box Hill. In 2007/08 a further donation of $100,000 was made by the Rotary Club to the Box Hill Hospital to fund much needed equipment.
The Rotary Club of Box Hill is considered one of the pre-eminent Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 9810 within the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Since 1973, the club has provided 5 District Governors, with the fifth District Governor appointed during the 2015/16 Rotary year.
The Rotary Club currently enjoys a membership of 29 members – both men and women who are serving the needs of the community by their involvement with the Rotary Club of Box Hill and the projects they undertake – all for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves, and projects worthy of our support.