A celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Wales took place at the Senedd on 25 May sponsored by The Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.

A celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Wales took place at the Senedd on 25 May sponsored by The Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.  Mr. Jones is a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and an Honorary Member of Bridgend Rotary Club.

The celebration  included a showcase of the Rotary International projects that have been embraced in Wales  such as the distribution of small filtration units - Lifestraws - to areas of the world where there is contaminated water; Rotary Doctor Bank, which funds volunteer healthcare workers to travel to developing countries to treat patients and provide teaching to doctors, nurses and midwives; and the Jaipur Limb Project that brings affordable prosthetic limbs to developing countries.  

Community projects were also showcased such as the Rotary Young Carers initiative and the Rotarians across Wales who are working with partner organisations in their local communities to make them “dementia friendly”.

District Governor Maggie Hughes presented certificates to Rotarians and people in the community who are working to make a difference in their area and highlighted Howard Craven from Swansea who won a national Rotary award for his work mentoring prisoners at Parc Prison.

Charities supported by Rotary in Southern Wales such Tenovus Closer to Home and Alzheimer’s Society also gave presentations to the audience.