Opera by the Lake Supports the Following Charities:


For many years, the Great Lakes Neighbourhood Services,( formerly Great Lakes Council and various community services organisations) campaigned for a shelter in the Great Lakes for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Repeated attempts to obtain funding and support for a safe place for women and children were unsuccessful.

A public meeting attended by over 120 people was held at Club Forster in April 2015 to express community concerns and it provided a channel for the huge momentum in the community.This began immediately to translate into active support in donations in cash and kind.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) statistics show that the Great Lakes area is the fourth biggest hot spot in NSW, with a Domestic Violence rate of 569 assaults per 100,000 of population.

The long term viability of Great Lakes Women’s Shelter rests on the continued support of the community. Rotary Club of Great Lakes will be providing funds towards the shelter from monies raised throughout the year and The Great Lakes Women’s Shelter will be the major beneficiary from net profit raised from Opera by the Lake 2017.

Please contact GLWS President Julie Brady regarding donations or offers of help 0417 171 001

If you need help or advice, please contact Great Lakes Women Shelter on (02) 65559835 or at admin@glws.org.au

The Rotary Club of Great Lakes, through Opera By The Lake 2017, is proud to be a supporter of this very worthy cause.


Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Forster


The Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Forster offers families with a sick or injured child or who have sadly lost a child, the chance to take some time out and be together as a family.


The much needed break away is for up to seven nights at no cost in a self contained cabin in the heart of Forster. This time out gives the families a chance to reconnect, recharge and relax in a peaceful setting, creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

The Family Retreat has four cabins, two of which cater for families that require wheelchair access. In 2015 122 families had a break away at the Family Retreat in Forster and in 2016 over 150 families will also of had this much needed time our from their every day lives back home.