The Role of the Foundation Committee
Chair Justin Soper
Richard Hughes, David Gordon and Robin Sinclair
The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”) is the charitable arm of the Rotary movement. Ever since it was established (in 1917) TRF has been supporting Rotary’s efforts to achieve world understanding and peace. The programmes, in Great Britain as well as abroad, are humanitarian and/or educational.
TRF finances these programmes entirely through donations generated by Rotarians. Oswestry Rotary Club is diligent in sending to TRF every year and the year to 30th June 2016 saw us once again forward around £1,500 for TRF’s general charitable aims. This also enables us to obtain Grant funding from TRF: in 2013/14 this doubled our support for a project to supply roller water-barrels to the needy in Africa whereby the body-breaking daily task of fetching and carrying water from distant sources is substantially mitigated; and in 2014/15 it contributed towards our support for a project at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen.
Polio Eradication Campaign
At crocus time for the past 5 years we have held Sponsored Crocus Walks in Cae Glas Park in conjunction with Bellan House School; 2 other local schools also joined in this year. The Walks have raised over £6,000 for the specific project to eradicate polio from the whole world. Rotary got the project started in 1985 and remains a lead partner; since 1985 an estimated 10 million children have been spared polio-inflicted death or paralysis.
British Olympic and World Champion rower Helen Glover and actress Archie Panjabi have joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" public awareness campaign for polio eradication.
Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife for Rotary with Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe
A polio eradication news update or two will appear here every month:
Polio Update as at November 30 2016
Year to date worldwide : Wild poliovirus cases (WPV): 34
( Afganistan 12, Pakistan 18, Nigeria 4 )
Circulating vaccine-derived cases (cVDPV): 3
Compared with 2015 Totals: WPV: 74; cVDPV: 32
A review of ongoing and past field studies has provided additional insights into the effectiveness of fractional dose inactivated polio vaccine (fIPV). Various studies have shown that two doses of fIPV are better than one full dose of IPV at boosting immunity. This evidence gives further weight to the recommendation of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for countries to consider adopting fIPV in both their supplementary and routine immunization activities. This approach could significantly improve the global IPV supply situation which is currently constrained, by reducing the volume of IPV needed to cover a population. Countries are increasingly using fIPV, both in routine and vaccination campaigns.
CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez talks with health experts about the possibility the onetime health scourge could return.
Other Rotary Foundation Projects
In addition to polio eradication there are many other TRF projects (small and large) improving lives here and around the world: by promoting Peace through conflict resolution training; by financing the installation of clean water supplies; by encouraging understanding between nations through vocational exchanges (such as the 48,000 non-Rotarians who took part between 1965 and 2012 in the Group Study Exchange programme); by encouraging literacy; by funding self-help projects for food production; and in a myriad other ways.
Our goal as Rotarians is to aim towards the time when our usual toast to “Peace the World Over” has been achieved insofar as possible. TRF is an important vehicle towards that objective.
Marches Students Plant Crocuses to Support Polio Eradication
Students at The Marches follow up their Polio campaign briefings to plant crocuses.details
Justin Updates The Marches Pupils on the Campaign to End Polio
Justin Soper was asked by The Marches via Mark as Chair of Foundation to give year assemblies on Rotary's End Polio' campaign to Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and the 6th form.details
Rotary Members Help The Marches Academy Test The Peace Advocate Project
The aim of this course is to enable young people to learn the skills they need to cope with the stresses of life in the 21st century and become leaders and ‘Peace Advocates’.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk for End Polio Now
Our annual sponsored crocus walk to raise awareness of Polio and raise funds to continue Rotary's vaccination campaign against this disease.details
Presentation of Cheque from The Marches Own Clothes Day for World Polio Day
Oswestry Rotarians Justin Soper and Mark Liquorish with Borderland Rotarian Sherie Soper are delighted to receive the Marches' fundraising effort towards Rotary's campaign to End Polio.details
Polio Information Stall - End Polio Now @ Festival Square
Our Foundation Team will be hosting an information stall on Festival Square today. Fingers crossed for kind weather!details
Tree Planting at The Marches School
Part of Foundation Committee's plan to plant a tree for every Rotarian.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk to End Polio Now!
Pupils from Bellan House Oswestry School and Our Lady and St Oswalds will be taking part in a Sponsored Walk around Cae Glas Park today to raise funds to continue the worldwide vaccination campaign against Polio.details
Collection for End Polio Now @ kinokulture Screenings of 'Breathe'
Collection for End Polio Now @ kinokulture Screenings of 'Breathe'details
Crocus Walk Certificate Presentation to Bellan House Pupils
President Ian and Crocus Walk organiser David Gordon visited the Bellan House Assembly this morning to present the pupils with a certificate for their participation in the Sponsored Walk in April.details
Presentation and Thank You to Our Lady and St Oswald's School
President Ian Haigh and Event Organiser David Gordon took part in an assembly at Our Lady and St Oswald's Primary School today.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk Cae Glas Park 11.00am - REARRANGED DATE
Annual Crocus Walk for End Polio Now! Rearranged from March 3rddetails
Purple4Polio and Celebrating 100 Years of the Rotary Foundation
'A Purple thumbs up and a Big thank you in helping to eradicate Polio'.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk Cae Glas Park 11.00am - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Annual Crocus Walk for End Polio Now!details
Rotary Foundation Centenary Crocus Planting @ Central Car Park Entrance
The Borderland and Oswestry Clubs join with helpers from The Derwen to plant crocus bulbs at the entrance to the Central Car Park.details
Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Rotary Foundation Information Session
Foundation Committee members will explain to the members of our Club what the Rotary Foundation is all about.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk Cae Glas Park 11.00am
In 2010, Bellan pupils helped Oswestry Rotary Club plant 5,000 purple crocuses in Cae Glas Park, Oswestry. On Friday 27th February 2015 at 11am a further bugle call will sound to start the 4th annual Bellan "Crocus Walk" in aid of "END POLIO NOW".details
Polio: We are this close!
The World Health Organisation reports @ 18th February 2015 that the provisional year-end figures for 2014 are 359 wild polio virus confirmed cases worldwide (57 fewer than 2013) and 54 circulating vaccine derived polio cases worldwide (12 fewer than 2013)details
Evening Meeting - 6.30 for 7.00pm Foundation Evening @ The Dining Rooms
Speaker Rtn Hywel Williams (Wrexham Yale)details
Foundation 'Indoor Olympics Fun' Evening
Foundation "Indoor Olympics Fun" Evening - Rhydycroesau Village Halldetails
World Polio Day - October 24th 2014
No child anywhere in the world should have to suffer from this completely preventable disease. It only costs US60 cents to protect a child against polio for life.details
BBC 2 Documentary
BBC 2 documentary exploring the history of the search for a polio vaccine. Stephanie Flanders examines her own family's story in relation to the disease.details
Sponsored Crocus Walk Cae Glas Park 11.00am
Sponsored walk in aid of the End Polio Now campaign in Cae Glas Park from 11.00am.details
Polio Presentation to the Bellan House Assembly
Polio Presentation to the Bellan House Assemblydetails
United Airlines Give Away 10 million Air Miles to Charities
United Airlines give away 10 million air miles to charities - vote for Rotary International every day until 31st December!details
Wine Tasting (with cheese!) @ The Walls 7.15 for 7.30pm
5 reds and 5 whites from Geoff's cellar with cheese chosen to accompany.details
Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime Premieres On Channel 4 (UK) Aug 19
Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime Premieres On Channel 4 (UK) Aug 19details
Revels Evening at Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Saturday 8th June
A 'Revels Evening' at Rhydycroesau Village Hall - no, not the Mars confection, but what?details
Thank You Assembly for Bellan House Crocus Walkers!
Pupils from Oswestry School Bellan House received certificates from Rotarians Steve Thomas and Emma Wildedetails
Sponsored Crocus Walk Cae Glas Park 11.00am
Sponsored walk in aid of the End Polio Now campaign in Cae Glas Park from 11.00am. You can download a sponsor form or donate online from this page.details
Oswestry School Bellan House Polio Assembly for Crocus Walk
Members of the Foundation Committee address the Oswestry School Bellan House Assembly ahead of their sponsored Crocus Walk on the 28th Februarydetails
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2013 - Bill Gates
In the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists, Bill Gates, explains his optimism for a world free of the debilitating disease, polio.details
World Polio Day
Rotary Clubs Together for World Polio Day Rotary members across Great Britain and Ireland are putting on a show for World Polio Day (Wednesday 24th Oct).details
Club's Peace Scholar to Thailand Blogs About His Trip.
Phill Gittins blogs from his Rotary Peace Scholarship course in Thailand starting in June.details
Sponsored 'Crocus Walk', Cae Glas Park - Thursday 23rd February 2012
Bellan House Pupils celebrate the 5,000 crocuses planted last year with a sponsored walk in the park and raised £1,691.94 including Gift Aid! Well done!details
Purple Crocus Sequel - Cae Glas Park, Thursday 17th February 2.15pm
We planted the crocus bulbs in the park in October now all are invited back to see a fantastic display (fingers crossed!)details
Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Steve Thomas "Polio Eradication: 99.7% down, 0.3% to go"