Rotary's Own Charity
In 2016 - 2017, Rotary clubs across the world celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity doing good in the world. The Foundation has six key areas of Focus and supports projects worldwide to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
A range of different types of grants are available for larger International Global Grant projects with budgets of $30,000 or more and smaller District Grants of £500 upwards, often for local community projects here in our local area. Key to all these projects is that Rotarians are actively involved in the projects, using their skills to help others and make a difference.
What does The Rotary Foundation do?
We are committed to service for communities throughout the world.
Many Rotarians have vocational skills that they can use to support humanitarian and educational projects that help to make their communities better places to live in. The Rotary Foundation harnesses the potential of this worldwide organisation by helping clubs to undertake humanitarian and educational work.
Our Foundation has three main areas of activity:
- To eradicate polio worldwide
- Foundation grants and humanitarian projects support Scholarships and Vocational Training Teams.
- To foster understanding, goodwill and peace through the Rotary Peace centres
Elgin Club and Rotary’s Own Charity
Global Grant Project (refer related pages below)
- Nepal Water For Health (NEWAH)
- Mayega Water Project, Tanzania, working with Busega Scotland
End Polio Now
The Club is involved in raising awareness of the International Eradication Programme of Polio.
This programme is the number one priority of The Rotary Foundation. We are now in a countdown in history where the world is on the brink of eradicating this terrible disease being only the second time in history where previously only smallpox had been eradicated by an immunisation programme. When Rotary was first involved there were 350K cases. In 2017 there were only 22 cases and there are only three countries worldwide where the disease is still considered endemic, Afghanistan, Pakistan & Nigeria.
World Polio Day and Celebrating 90 Years of Elgin Rotary in 2017
Last year saw a special celebration of the Elgin Rotary Club with its 90 years since the Charter Presentation on the 25th November 1927.
All members of the Rotary family were involved with youngsters at Knockando School in Elgin with youngsters planting crocuses and learning about polio and the fight to eradicate this disease. The crocus bulbs were kindly donated to Elgin Rotary by Peter Wilson the owner of Mackenzie& Cruickshank of Forres a local garden centre.
The Rotary club, sponsored by Moray Rotaract arranged for a number of buildings in Elgin to be illuminated purple to raise the public’s awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign.
Why was purple chosen as the identification colour of the campaign? The reason was because once a youngster had been immunised their pinkie was stained purple to show they had been immunised.
Swimarathon is a bi-annual sponsored swimming event, it took place again on the 24th February 2018, in Elgin Leisure Centre and Lossiemouth Swimming Pool.
For full details on this years event view What we Do section Swimarthon 2018
Swimarathon has two core purposes. Firstly to encourage people of all ages and swimming abilities to swim and have fun with purpose. And secondly, as part of a worldwide initiative, to raise funds for the “End Polio Now” campaign and Rotary’s work overseas.