INTERNATIONAL SERVICE & ROTARY FOUNDATION SUPPORT GROUP
This Support Group works jointly to manage and fund our project committments overseas and committment to Rotary's worldwide charity- The Rotary Foundation
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE & FOUNDATION SUPPORT GROUP
2017- 18 CO-ORDINATOR - IAN HOLLIDAY
TEAM : Glyn Allsop : Alan Carter : David Dilks: David Duncan: David Flint : Murray Hallam : Phil Harris: Alan Nightingale : Chris Riggott ( deputy co-ord) Keith Rogers : Mike Teale
ROTARY AMBER VALLEY'S INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AIMS are to both fund and provide practical assistance in those parts of the globe which suffer deprivation in terms of DISEASE-HUNGER -CLEAN WATER - SANITATION-EDUCATION -SIGHT SOUND & MOBILITY & many other issues
It also provides RAPID RESPONSE DISASTER RELIEF Independently & in partnership with world wide agencies such as Rotary's own SHELTERBOX - AQUABOX & WATER SURVIVAL BOX together with other initiatives, provides aid and assistance when called upon,both in conflict zones & wherever the devastating force of nature strikesIt assists in the provision of CLEAN WATER- SANITATION & FOOD in underdeveloped and impoverished parts of the world alleviating & preventing DEATH DISEASE & HUNGER
It supports Rotary's worldwide LITERACY & EDUCATION initiatives advancing development in countries of the third world and sustaining a life above the poverty threshold
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
Q: WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION (TRF) ?
A: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION (TRF) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
TRF celebrates in centenary this year having been created in 1917 by ROTARY’S sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for ROTARY "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of just US $26.50 to more than US $55 million !! and is one of the largest and most prestigious international humanitarian educational and fellowship exchange programs in the world.
ROTARY AMBER VALLEY supports the ROTARY FOUNDATION by contributing both to the TRF ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM and by raising additional funds through a range of events throughout the year.
It also funds TRF projects both close to home and abroad which in addition to the money it raises locally can qualify for a matched grant from the TRF World Fund
In 1985 ROTARY mobilized its members both in UK and worldwide in it POLIO PLUS CAMPAIGN to eradicate the disease from the planet by ensuring children across the globe could be immunized against this crippling disease .Prior to 1985 over 350,000 in more than 125 countries were struck annually by the polio virus.
Subsequently ROTARY mobilized with the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION – UNICEF - US CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & the BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION becoming one of five ‘spearhead partners’ forming the POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE .
Since then the ‘partners’ have vaccinated more than 2 BILLION CHILDREN and have been able to declare over 200 countries, territories and areas of the world as ‘POLIO FREE’ ! ,whilst at the same time providing strong ongoing surveillance and education despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty and civil strife in many of the countries.
By 2017,CONTRIBUTIONS AND PLEDGES TO POLIO ERADICATION from the 5 ‘partners’ plus G7, OECD & other governments (inc.UK) and private / multilateral sector donors HAVE REACHED ALMOST US$ 14.35 BILLION with ROTARY ’s own “END POLIO NOW”campaign ,nominated for the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE ,‘sitting at the top’ HAVING DONATED OVER US$ 1.52 BILLION , a figure exceeded only by the US Government and the Gates Foundation !
This massive effort means that whilst in1985 there were over 350,000 cases annually in over 200 countries today IN 2017 WE’RE “ALMOST THERE” WITH JUST 5 CASES REPORTED this year and the disease NOW ENDEMIC IN ONLY 3 COUNTRIES - Afghanistan , Pakistan and Nigeria