International Service

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The International Committee is concerned with the club's involvement in humanitarian work and Rotary fellowship around the world and to promote world understanding and peace.

The International Committee organises a number of events each year, mainly of a fundraising nature.

Rotary Goodwill Ambassadorial Scholarships

Rotary International provides financial support for study abroad with support from the Rotary branch network. Since the programs inception in 1947, over 41,000 men and women from more than 100 nations have received scholarships.

The Rotary Group Study Exchange programme (GSE) is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. In 2012 a group of six people from India visited West Cornwall where they were hosted by Rotarians from the Mounts Bay and Penzance Clubs.

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Bikes to Bansang Hospital in Gambia - 2017

Penzance Rotarian Lutz Eiser and his good friend Fred Buckingham flew the flag for Rotary when they undertook a privately organised mission to acquire, ride and donate two motor scooters to Bansang Hospital where they provide invaluable access to villages for medical workers.

   Click on the publication to read about the journey.

Water Project Ecuador   The 10 Mile Pipeline

In partnership with the Rotary Clubs of St.Ives and Mounts Bay, a local Rotary Club and the water company. This ambitious project was for the provision of clean water to the mountain community of Pilahuin (12,000 people). Total project value 90,000. (Rotary contribution 25,000).  Completed 2009.

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Allocation of Funds

The funds raised by the International Committee are distributed abroad. In the past the following Rotary and other charities have benefited from our help.


The ShelterBox Trust is a registered UK charity that provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world.

Penzance Rotary has raised funds from the people of West Penwith and helped to fund over 70 shelterboxes. Since operations began in January 2001, Shelterbox has helped many hundreds of thousands of people and worked in dozens of different countries responding to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, volcanoes etc. Shelterbox is currently operational in The Phillipines following the disastrous  typhoon.

ShelterBox was set up by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard and all aid is distributed from our base in Cornwall.

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