The Rotary Foundation

Foundation is Rotary's own charity and close to home funds the Peace Department at Bradford University and this year helped bring two Global grant Scholars Mark Maccuzzo and Kayono Nakajima to study in Leeds and be hosted by our Club.

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Successes this year

We applied to the Yorkshire Flood Disaster fund to replace 350 metres of dead hedging washed away by the Boxing day floods at Rodley Nature Reserve. The application was for £1606.72. This hedging is now in place and the follow up paperwork has been completed.

The Global grant application to build an ICT suite at Mnyakanya High School in South Africa is now into its third draft. St. Mary's School, Menston in conjunction with its Bambisanani Partnership will be making its annual vist to the school in June, comprised of a party of students and teachers and we expect more quotes and paperwork to be completed on thier return. Implicit in the bid is that we have to work in conjunction with a local South African Club.

The Eradication of Polio programme continued this year with more crocus planting, selling of purple crocus badges, jam eating and tea drinking all helping to raise funds. Special mention shold be made of St. Peter and Paul's School, Yeadon who raised £209 for a 'dress in purple' day after a presentation by Rotary members and the donation and planting of 500 crocus bulbs at the school.

Each year the Club has a target amount of funding to raise specifically for the Polio Plus Project but continues to contribute to Foundation in various ways. Bill Kerr runs his wine raffle at each weekly meeting and has raised regular funds through the Bags2Schools project. 

Big news on the eradication of Polio is that in early May 2017 worldwide there had been no cases reported for 10 weeks, the longest since the project began. A sobering thought is that 156 weeks is the target before Polio can be said to have been totally eradicated.

In 2017/18 the Committee intends to:

1 Complete the Global grant process with Heather Read and Foundation Chair Janet Kerr having attended the appropriate District training.

2 Make two applications for District grants for new projects - the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the environmental re-cycling project Sal's Shoes.

3 increase financial contributions to Rotary Foundation beginning with the Purple4Polio BBQ in July.