The Rotary Foundation
The Foundation is Rotary’s one and only charity and supports the work of Rotary Clubs around the world. It is one of the largest charities in the world and possibly the only one that passes the funds back to Districts and Clubs for them to decide how the funds should be used. With the support of these funds every year Clubs provide humanitarian, medical, educational projects and promote peace around the world. Every year $70million is given to support over 1,100 projects worldwide.
In recent years the Leicester Club has used these funds to support projects to provide sensory rooms at a hospital in Portugal, provided books to schools and libraries in Ghana and recently equipped a complete orthopaedic operating theatre in Gondar, Ethiopia. These are projects where we have worked with the local Rotary Clubs to ascertain the needs of their communities and ultimately provided long term solutions.
Foundation – Ending polio forever.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. At that time there were 350,000 cases of polio every year. Today Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic. So far this year there have only been 13 cases of polio, we are that close to achieving our goal. Every year the Rotary Club of Leicester raises funds for the End Polio Now campaign and we will continue our support until eradication is achieved.