The Role of the Foundation Committee

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Richard Hughes and Robin Sinclair

The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”) is the charitable arm of the Rotary movement. Ever since it was established (in 1917) TRF has been supporting Rotary’s efforts to achieve world understanding and peace. The programmes, in Great Britain as well as abroad, are humanitarian and/or educational.

TRF finances these programmes entirely through donations generated by Rotarians. Oswestry Rotary Club is diligent in sending to TRF every year and the year to 30th June 2016 saw us once again forward around £1,500 for TRF’s general charitable aims. This also enables us to obtain Grant funding from TRF: in 2013/14 this doubled our support for a project to supply roller water-barrels to the needy in Africa whereby the body-breaking daily task of fetching and carrying water from distant sources is substantially mitigated; and in 2014/15 it contributed towards our support for a project at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen.

Polio Eradication Campaign

At crocus time for the past 5 years we have held Sponsored Crocus Walks in Cae Glas Park in conjunction with Bellan House School; 2 other local schools also joined in this year. The Walks have raised over £6,000 for the specific project to eradicate polio from the whole world. Rotary got the project started in 1985 and remains a lead partner; since 1985 an estimated 10 million children have been spared polio-inflicted death or paralysis.
British Olympic and World Champion rower Helen Glover and actress Archie Panjabi have joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" public awareness campaign for polio eradication.

Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife for Rotary with Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe

A polio eradication news update or two will appear here every month:

Polio Update as at November 30 2016

Year to date worldwide : Wild poliovirus cases (WPV): 34
( Afganistan 12, Pakistan 18, Nigeria 4 )
              Circulating vaccine-derived cases (cVDPV): 3
 Compared with 2015 Totals: WPV: 74; cVDPV: 32

A review of ongoing and past field studies has provided additional insights into the effectiveness of fractional dose inactivated polio vaccine (fIPV). Various studies have shown that two doses of fIPV are better than one full dose of IPV at boosting immunity. This evidence gives further weight to the recommendation of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for countries to consider adopting fIPV in both their supplementary and routine immunization activities.  This approach could significantly improve the global IPV supply situation which is currently constrained, by reducing the volume of IPV needed to cover a population. Countries are increasingly using fIPV, both in routine and vaccination campaigns.
CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez talks with health experts about the possibility the onetime health scourge could return.

Other Rotary Foundation Projects

In addition to polio eradication there are many other TRF projects (small and large) improving lives here and around the world: by promoting Peace through conflict resolution training; by financing the installation of clean water supplies; by encouraging understanding between nations through vocational exchanges (such as the 48,000 non-Rotarians who took part between 1965 and 2012 in the Group Study Exchange programme); by encouraging literacy; by funding self-help projects for food production; and in a myriad other ways.

Our goal as Rotarians is to aim towards the time when our usual toast to “Peace the World Over” has been achieved insofar as possible. TRF is an important vehicle towards that objective.