100 Years Of Rotary Foundation

A Century of The Rotary Foundation

100 years of doing good in the world



Since it started in 1917 with a $26.50 endownment, The Rotary Foundation has to date given out $3 billion to humanitarian efforts worldwide.

The Rotary Foundation is today tackling some of humanities greatest challenges:


  • Health & hunger
  • Fighting disease, like POLIO
  • Supporting education
  • Providing clean water
  • Growing local economies
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Promoting peace

Polio - Why Zero Matters


Canterbury Forest of Blean and the Rotary Foundation


Our Club has always participated in Rotary Foundation programmes with enthusiasm.


We have hosted Ambassadorial Scholars at the University of Kent and at Wye College, from Jamaica, Japan, Uganda and the USA. We have sponsored outgoing Group Study Exchange team members and provided a Rotarian leader for a GSE trip to Argentina.


We are currently heavily committed to supporting the Polio Plus/End Polio Now programme, raising funds towards the eradication of this dreadful disease. Since the first vaccinations in the Phillippines in 1979 there has been a 99.9% reduction, with recent cases confined to Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Now with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that polio can be consigned to the history books in the near future.


Rotary doing good in the world....