Philanthropy is a very important element of David’s life. His work with Rotary includes health check-ups for the elderly, sponsoring career planning for high school students and corrective surgeries for youth in developing areas, among many more. David’s Desire is to make Rotary younger and more vibrant to meet the challenges of the 21 st Century.

In 2011-2012, David served as the District Governor (DG) for Rotary International District 3450, with jurisdiction over all Rotary Clubs in Hong Kong, Mongolia, and Macao. While it proved to be a challenging year, David loved his time as DG.


His biggest success as DG came with the launch of RID 3450’s signature project, THE ONE, International Humanitarian Award- a quest to find an unsung hero to name “International Humanitarian”. The first year was a great success! THE ONE received nominations from over 10 countries, and the first international humanitarian of this kind was announced!

The award went out to Valerie Browning, a woman who has dedicated her life to serving the Afar Nomads in the Horn of Africa. David was able to award Valerie with US$100,000 that he raised from generous supporters including Richard Elman.

Although his year as DG has come to a close, David will continue to dedicate himself fully to THE ONE even more zealously as his desire is to serve Rotary and Humanity to the fullest.


David visited a Polio Hospital in India during National Immunization days- an End Polio Programme


David visited an orphanage in North Korea


David is actively involved in the free checkup of the elderly program implemented by his Rotary Club of Kowloon Golden Mile


David met an 100-year-old lady during a free elderly check-up


Rotary International President 2011-12 Kalyan Banerjee, Past District Governor Dr. the Hon. Hari Harilela, District Governor 2011-12 David Harilela and Past Rotary international Director Sushil Gupta


District Governor 2009-10 Ada Cheng, District Governor 2010-11 Jason Chan, District Governor 2011-12 David Harilela, District Governor 2012-13 Kenneth Wong, District Governor 2013-14 Eugene Fong, Districtor Governor 2014-15 Belinda Yeung