International Service & Foundation Committee

International & Foundation - contact Rotarian Euan Eddie Email: euaneddie@hotmail.com

Almost 30 years ago since the inauguration of Bideford Bridge, the club continually supports worthy charitable causes worldwide. 

International & Foundation's portfolio includes:

'Breath of Life' -  our club's project to reduce maternal death, infant mortality and suffering by improving anaesthesia in the developing world was launched in 2009 at The Rotary International Convention, held at The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.  Almost 5 years on, we continue this lifesaving mission and our video presentation can be visited by clicking on this youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwJaEMZX2wE&feature=plcp

The club also supports a number of causes introduced directly by our members and their families.  Close links have been fostered with these charities:

The David Rundle Trust -  headed by Honorary Bideford Bridge club member Mrs. Dorothy Rundle.  Deri's regular assignments to Rwanda provide invaluable aid by her personal supervision of clean water, education and family planning projects.  Go to www.davidrundletrust.co.uk

Project Mala, Utter Pradesh, India -  funding 2 schoolchildren's education.  Go to www.projectmala.org.uk

Jabulani Rural Health Foundation, South Africa -  supporting community life in rural East Cape.  Go to www.jabulanifoundation.org

In 2014-15 we made grants to:

Trade Aid's 'Business in a Box' under the auspices of The Rotary Club of Grantham & Kesteven, Lincolnshire -  funding a tailor / seamstress's box, sent to the Wulugu Project, Northern Ghana.  Go to www.trade-aid.org

The Syrian Humanitarian Refugee Crisis - a grant was made to PARD (Popular Aid for Relief and Development, Beirut - a highly respected NGO, fully experienced in the distribution of aid in the city of Beirut) facilitating access to the Syrian refugees for the urgently needed medical & hygiene requirements. The Rotaract Club of Beirut provided the vital link between PARD and Bideford Bridge. 

One of Rotary International's long-term objectives is to 'End Polio Now', and to contribute to the achievement of that objective, and in the celebration of Rotary Day on 23 February, the two Bideford Clubs worked in partnership to raise money from the public in return for a commemorative purple crocus. Together the clubs raised almost £2,000, all of which will be used in the fight to eradicate polio by 2018.

The I & F committee reports monthly to the club's council & business meetings and we welcome enquiries from individuals or organisations wishing to offer our charities a helping hand.

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