International and the Rotary Foundation

Rotary activity throughout the World

International Service

As well as supporting the local and national needs, Rotary International also has a commitment to overseas communities.  Disaster relief is needed all too often and help is provided mainly through Shelterbox, Aquabox and Disaster Aid.  These are all Rotary partner organisations and our volunteers are often among the first relief agencies on the scene of disasters and natural catastrophes.

The creation of clean water dams on a self-help basis, meals for school children in exchange for them attending school daily and the provision of a small loan for those who are too poor to have access to conventional financial services all help to promote a healthy and vibrant society in many poorer countries.  To this end we also support Marys Meals, School In a BagRotary Sand Dams to Africa and Rotary D1040 Micro finance schemes throughout the world. 

In addition to supporting the above excellent projects, the Rotary Club of Skipton has been helping the KASIN appeal run by the Rotary Club of Settle.  KASIN (Kids at School in Nepal) helps, amongst other areas, to fund an after school club, provide the annual food for a children’s hostel, sponsor 80 of the most needy children to attend school, provide school equipment and resources all within the 5 Year Community Plan for Tamang Kharka.

As KASIN’s Mission statement says “All children have the right to a decent education. We are helping children from disadvantaged communities in rural Nepal to realise their full potential.”

End Polio Now

Rotary Clubs throughout the world, through The Rotary Foundation, have been major supporters and volunteers of Polio eradication. Clubs and individuals in Great Britain have donated more than £20m.  We are partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO and other major supporters.  See the current position at End Polio Now.

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If you wish to volunteer and become involved in our International work or would like to know more, please contact Graham Hamilton - see link below.

Our fund-raising events include a musical evening at Skipton Town Hall on Friday 12th May featuring Voices of Yorkshire, Ermysted's Jazz and Swing bands and other local musicians. We welcome back the City of Bradford Brass Band on 20th October 2023 to a concert to be held at Holy Trinity Church.  

In June 2022 we held our third bi-annual auction of used bikes, Cycles2Recycle 2022 raised £5,000 for our chosen charities.  Sadly we have not found sufficient storage facilites so the 2024 auction cannot procede.  For current news please mail 

We will be welcoming the Risca Male Choir supported by the Young Musician finalists to Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 13th July.

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In Concert - the Risca Male Choir with performers from the Keighley & Skipton Rotary Young Musicians competition.

more RISCA MALE CHOIR in concert at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton. Performers from the Keighley and Skipton Rotary Young Musician Competition will be supporting the choir during the evening. Doors open 6.30pm. Buy your tickets here.

Sand Dam during construction by the villagers.

Sand Dams - Build project at Kwainyoe, Kenya.

more Our District, together with D1010, D1145 and D1190 raised funds to enable a new dam and agricultural development to be built in the Dry Lands of Kenya with the support of African Sand Dam Foundation and Sand Dams Worldwide.

Mary's Meals

more Mary's Meals is a global charity that serves life-changing school meals to some of the world’s poorest children to help towards their education. Donations direct to Mary's Meals always welcome.