Rotary International

Lesley Robinson

Every year we select some overseas schemes to support. These are mostly approved Rotary projects, and progress and financial expenditure is closely monitored. 

Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian Foundation Committee

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity. It is central to what Rotary, as a service, is all about. organisation

How does The Rotary Foundation work, and what does it do?

Rotary Clubs throughout the world contribute to an Annual Fund, and  donations are also made by individual Rotarians and friends of Rotary. The money is invested by The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Clubs and Rotary Districts can apply for Foundation grants help to support projects.  

The number one priority for the Foundation is PolioPlus – eradicating polio from the world. Huge progress has been made since Rotary became involved with this. From 360,000 new cases a year in 1988 we were down to just 72 cases in 2015.  But the virus is still out there and we will need to continue to vaccinate people throughout the world for three years after reported cases have reduced to zero!  

East Grinstead Meridian Rotary raised over £18,000 in three years, for Polio Plus.


The Rotary Foundation also supports projects to help people around the world, and funds post-graduate scholarships and vocational training teams in six areas of focus – 

  • Disease prevention and treatment           
  • Water and sanitation 
  • Economic and community development
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Maternal and child health
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution


All projects must be sustainable, respond to communities’ needs and involve Rotarians and local people. 


*Our club supported the building of a Sand Dam in Kenya, to provide clean water and irrigation.  Fund-raising events by the club and by pupils of Imberhorne and Sackville schools, raised £9,000.  This sum was topped up by a Foundation grant, and a dam is being constructed.


Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian International Committee  

Every year we select some overseas schemes to support.  These are mostly approved Rotary projects, and progress and financial expenditure is closely monitored. Recent projects have included:

Rotary Doctor Bank

The Doctor Bank funds UK health professionals who volunteer to treat and train people in third world countries.   

Mary’s Meals 

Provides a daily meal for over one million school children from families living well below the poverty line.  We held a fund-raising concert.

Ebola epidemic

Our club made a donation towards the purchase of water buckets with lids and taps for Liberia.

Global Sight Solutions

We supported this charity, which works with Rotarians in India and Africa to build eye hospitals, and mobile eye clinics, and train local staff.

Educational visit by students from Tanzania  

Students at Imberhorne School travelled to Tanzania, to assist at a school and orphanage (their trip was self-funded). They also raise funds for some Tanzanian students to visit the UK.  We supported this initiative.

Preparation for World Emergencies and Disasters

We supported Shelter Box, which provides tents and equipment for people made homeless by natural disasters, and AquaBox, providers of filtration equipment to purify drinking water.

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