Our Own Charity

Crocuses for Polio Eradication

Children from Town Fields Primary School with the crocuses they planted to raise funds and awareness for poilio eradication


To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands. They're working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge is the Rotary Foundation's response to the two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus will be counted toward the $200 million match, which must be completed by 30 June 2012.

Other Foundation Initiatives

Humanitarian Grants Program

Diaster Recovery Allows Rotarians to donate money in response to specific disasters. Funds are distributed to local committees to support recovery efforts. The program was created in 2005-06, and the Foundation currently administers four Disaster Recovery accounts: Hurricanes Stan and Wilma (Guatemala and Mexico), Hurricane Wilma (United States), the Earthquake in India and Pakistan, and Solidarity in South Asia. Total contributions to the accounts were $6.4 million.

District Simplified Grants

Support the service activities of districts locally and abroad.

Health, Hunger, Humanity (3H Grants)

Fund large-scale, two- to four-year projects that improve health, alleviate hunger, or promote human development.

Matching Grants

Provide matching funds for the international service projects of Rotary clubs and districts.

Educational Programs

Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship programs in the world. Scholars study in a different country, where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, more than 47,000 scholars from 110 countries have received scholarships of more than $476 million through The Rotary Foundation.

Group Study Exchange (GSE)

Annual awards are made to paired Rotary districts to cover travel expenses for a team of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotarian hosts organize a four- to six-week itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest. Since 1965, more than 57,000 individuals (almost 12,000 teams) from 100 countries have participated at a cost of more than $92 million.

Rotary World Peace Fellowship

Each year, up to 110 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master's-level degree.

For more information on all this progams visit: www.rotary.org 

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Sandra Edwards, Project Manager at Doncaster Foodbank

Recent press release by Doncaster Free Press regarding our support of the Doncaster foodbank

President Ian Kirk with Chewy Bachus from the Firefly Cancer and Suppport Charity

Firefly Fund Raising Event - We got there in the end, even if not as we planned!


We welcome new members interested in having fun while 'giving something back' to the community. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are the life blood of any organisation!


A new project for Doncaster and Doncaster St Leger Rotary Clubs is helping Doncaster Foodbank during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Young Chef 2016/17

Charlie, winner of the Hallcross School RIBI Young Chef 2016

President Jack Cusworth presenting a cheque to Rtn Barry Bailey for Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

£500 was raised at a Burns Supper Celebration in aid of the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

Rotary Club of Doncaster St leger works with the Doncaster Book Award to promote literacy

President Elect Angela Hartley with novelist and TV presenter David Baddiel and organisers of the Doncaster Book Award in 2015. The 2018 event held at Doncaster Dome was another great event.


Off to a fast start at the December 2018 Rotary and Friends of Sandall Park Doncaster Santa Dash. Our next Dash will be on 8th December 2019.


Our decorated bikes on Bawtry Road.


Just £70 pays for one years education for 1 child


Elected Mayor Ros Jones with local hero Bombardier Ben Parkinson


Crocuses for Polio Eradication