International Service - aid overseas

International Service - Aid overseas

The Rotary Club of Ashby-de-la-Zouch is part of Rotary International which operates in all but a few countries of the world.  By channelling resources through the Rotary movement we can be sure that overseas aid is reaching its targets.

Disaster Aid

There are a number of specific projects which have been achieving success in disasters which were founded, and continue to be funded, by Rotary.  When disaster strikes the immediate need is for shelter and clean water.  Rotary fulfils both of these objectives by sending in Aquaboxes, which are a plastic water tank with a filtration system, and Shelterboxes, which are ten person tents complete with sleeping bags and essential cooking equipment.  In recent earthquakes and flooding, Rotary has been able to get this early aid into where it is needed within 72 hours.

The Eradication of Polio

Since the 1980s Rotary has been working with other agencies to rid the world of polio, by funding and providing personnel for the imunisation of every child in the world.  The task is nearly complete, but we cannot let up until the world is completely clear of the disease.  From 2017 to 2020 Rotary has received a 'double matching' promise, up to a maximum of $300 million, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!  The Ashby Rotary Club has used some of the money raised in our local fundraising efforts to put towards this goal.  Poliomyelitis is only a plane ride away from the UK so we must finish the job!

International Understanding

Rotary sponsors many young people to continue their education  in another country as Ambassadorial Scholars in an endeavour to foster international understanding.  Many of today's leaders have benefitted by this Rotary programme since 1947 with some 40,000 young adults from 69 countries having been sponsored to study in 64 receiving countries.

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Club has friendship arrangements in both France and Germany, with long standing links with the Rotary Club of Pithiviers in France, Ashby's official twin town and with Melle-Wittlage in the Lower-Saxony region of Germany. Rotarians have developed friendships with members of these clubs and regular visits are made in both directions.

Members of Rotary are entitled to visit any Rotary Club in the world and the Ashby Club is often visited by Rotarians from overseas and our members have made friendships in many countries.



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President John Sedgley at the Ashby Foodbank

Ashby Rotary Supports local needs through continuing support for the local foodbank


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We can help

Ashby Rotary support for local charities

Stewart Shepherd, Hospice Hope Chairman, right, thanks Bob Ferguson, Ashby Rotary, for the garden equipment

Ashby Rotary Club has provided Hospice Hope with essential equipment for the garden at Hope House, Griffydam

Church Walk garden 1

Church Walk Ashby Garden revamp

Purple for Polio success! Africa is now Polio free - continue the fight with us

Ashby de la Zouch Rotary has made historic progress towards a polio-free world by lighting up the Loudoun monument in Bath Street and the memorial was lit up again on the 24th of October. Collections at Aldi and Marks and Spencer raised £500 for the cause

Rotary Santa

Ashby Rotary Club Community activities


International Service - Aid overseas

Support via Rotary Foundation in action

Rotary Foundation work in action