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About The Rotary Foundation

Celebrating 100 years!

The Rotary Foundation is a our oldest charity, created in 1917, and supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision. Our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives may be financed in part or in whole by the Foundation and our club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also takes the lead on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.

On a practical level our Club makes an annual donation to the Foundation, raised by personal giving or fundraising events. We also play an active role by entertaining visiting exchange groups of young professionals from other districts worldwide, and individual overseas students that may be studying under a Rotary Foundation scholarship at Essex University. In either case our visitors will be sponsored by their local Rotary Club and we have made useful links and learnt much about those sponsoring clubs, the individuals, and the area in which they live.

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Rotary’s first major involvement with polio came in 1979 when clubs took on a project to buy and help deliver polio vaccine to more than six million children in the Philippines.Then in 1985 Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial pledge of US$120 million. By 1988 Rotarians had raised US$247 million for PolioPlus, more than double their fundraising  goal.  The World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, setting up the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, when at the time more than 125 countries were polio-endemic.

There are currently just three polio endemic countries left with 2.5 billion children having been immunised against polio from the start of the campaign.

It takes as little as US60 cents, to vaccinate a child against polio for life, and now all donations work even harder. From 2013 to 2018, every US dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (He of Microsoft fame).

You can help us meet our goal by giving generously when you see us collecting or by supporting one of our fundraising events. Thank you.