Our overseas work......
The International Committee is concerned with the club's involvement in humanitarian work and Rotary fellowship around the world and to promote world understanding and peace.
The International Committee organises a number of events each year, mainly of a fundraising nature.
The Rotary Club of Penzance welcomed Monique Macfarlane to their lunch on Friday (8/3/13). Monique from North Island, New Zealand was awarded a Rotary Goodwill Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2012/2013 to study for her Masters Degree in Photography at Plymouth University.
Rotary International provides financial support for study abroad with support from the Rotary branch network. Since the programs inception in 1947, over 41,000 men and women from more than 100 nations have received scholarships.
Monique's online blog explains The scholarship isnt really about the money, the scholarship really is about the friendship, the connections, the opportunities, the kindness, branching out and connecting within the Rotary Network, gaining long standing friends and most importantly to promoting goodwill and understanding.
The Rotary Group Study Exchange programme (GSE) is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. In 2012 a group of six people from India in West Cornwall where they were hosted by Rotarians from the Mounts Bay and Penzance Clubs.
Water Project Ecuador The 10 Mile Pipeline
In partnership with the Rotary Clubs of St.Ives and Mounts Bay, a local Rotary Club and the water company. This ambitious project was for the provision of clean water to the mountain community of Pilahuin (12,000 people). Total project value 90,000. (Rotary contribution 25,000). Completed 2009.
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Allocation of Funds
The funds raised of the International Committee as usual will be distributed abroad. In the past the following Rotary and other charities have benefited from our help.
The ShelterBox Trust is a registered UK charity that provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world.
Penzance Rotary has raised funds from the people of West Penwith and helped to fund over 70 shelterboxes. Since operations began in January 2001, Shelterbox has helped many hundreds of thousands of people and worked in dozens of different countries responding to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, volcanoes etc. Shelterbox is currently operational in The Phillipines following the disastrous typhoon.
ShelterBox was set up by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard and all aid is distributed from our base in Cornwall.