International and Foundation
Aims and activities
In Marlow Thames Rotary Club we aim to help the humanitarian needs of people around the world by making contributions to ongoing projects. We prefer to work in conjunction with other Rotary clubs, preferably ones that are in the country concerned or with registered charities.
In 2008 we raised a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation to provide much needed funding for the Knysna Pre-School Project in South Africa. Since then we have supported the Mias children project in Romania in conjunction with a local Rotary club in Bucharest and have provided further funding to the Pre-School Project in Knysna working with the local Rotary Club of Knysna.
We also helped the Interact Club at Great Marlow School in the organisation of a fund raising fashion show to raise money for the Ugandan School project that the school is working with and also for the Alexander Devine Cancer Trust which is, a local charity, raising money to build a childrens hospice in our neighbouring county of Berkshire.
We continue to support the international challenge to eradicate polio and to support The Rotary Foundation charity.
A major project for 2012/13 is the Redhill Informal Settlement Project in the Cape area of South Africa. Here there are 1,400 people (400 families) who have no official status and therefore who do not qualify for assistance from the Government. The project will provide a new pre-school for the children. This provision will enable those adults who are capable, to go out and seek work thus helping them to end the spiral of decline they are in. The project is being undertaken with financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Kungsbaka-Saro in Sweden and is being managed locally by the Rotary Club of Cape of Good Hope.
At the end of 2012/13 the Club received a Presidential Citation.