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Mary’s Meals -- Witton Church Walk CE Primary School has been filling backpacks with basic educational items to help some of the world’s poorest children.

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International Committee

International Projects are the priority of the club's International Service committee.  The Rotary emphasis are, Water, Health & Hunger and Literacy.  Ideally the International Committee should do something to address all 3 of these important issues.  Sources for assistance are:

  • Member's own overseas contacts.

  • District1050 International Committee which identifies International priorities within our District and reports on what other nearby clubs may be doing.  Most clubs welcome a partnership arrangements with other Clubs in District and RIBI.  The International Projects list is available from the District 1050 Chair.

  • RIBI Opportunities to Serve, which contains details of over 30 overseas aid projects that meet the RIBI criteria.  Available on the member's restricted area at


The provision of clean and accessible water is always high on the Rotary agenda because it is an essential prerequisite for good health and successful education.  Sanitation education is invariably an essential component of any water project. 

Health and Hunger

The top Rotary health priority is Polio Eradication.  This is by far the largest and best known Rotary programme.  Therefore successful eradication is essential for the credibility of Rotary as well as for the future of mankind.  Clubs can assist by:

  • Making donations of at least $1,000 per club per annum to match the Bill and Melinda Gates challenge.

  • Sending volunteers for a National Immunisation Day in one of the countries where polio is still endemic.

  • Fundraising or organising an event around National Rotary Day

  • Participation in Thanks for Life Projects


Education is the third element that is necessary to sustain a life above the poverty threshold.  Many of Rotary Club projects address the needs for literacy in developing countries by helping to fund a libraries and school books in deserving areas and countries. 

Disaster Relief

There are a number of Rotary inspired projects aimed specifically at providing quick and timely relief in times of emergency around the world.  Here are some examples:

  • Aquabox