Recent News

Congratulations to Roger Byrom, from Braunton Caen Rotary on being awarded recognition of his work promoting the eradication of polio by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

Winner Anton goes through to the National Finals!

Many congratulations to Anton for his magnificent performance to win the Cluster (Regional) Final of the Young Musician Instrumental category, to go through to the National Finals in April!  Anton was sponsored by Rotary Newton Abbot.  We also had a number of second places from our District, despite the long journey to Wales for this stage of the competition. Anton is pictured here with our District Governor, David.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our FESTIVAL OF YOUTH recently which hosted the District finals of Young Musician, Chef and Youth Debates Competitions, as well as showcasing the entries in the Young Artist, Writer, Photographer and Film Maker Competitions.  We wish those going through to the Cluster (Regional) finals this weekend all the very best!

Supporting Shelterbox following earthquakes in Morocco and floods in Libya

Following communications seeking advice with regard to the disasters which have affected Morocco and Libya, a number of clubs held public collections.
Rotary District 1175 is working with ShelterBox to establish how we can assist in this situation.

 Morocco earthquake

A ShelterBox emergency assessment team will arrive in Marrakesh in the next day or so to find out what support is needed following the earthquake, and if they are well placed to help. Their teams will be assessing the damage as well as speaking with local people, authorities, organisations, and the Rotary network as they try to understand how many people are without adequate shelter. ShelterBox are in contact with D9010 via their District Governor.   

Libya floods

The flooding in eastern Libya, which has caused widespread destruction in the city of Derna, has been sudden and devastating. ShelterBox are carefully monitoring the situation as it unfolds, and the humanitarian need becomes clearer. More than 30,000 people are displaced according to the UN and we are considering whether a ShelterBox response is possible to support people affected. ShelterBox will use their response criteria to make sure they are using their time, money, and people in the most effective way.
Therefore, any immediate, planned fundraising activity from Rotary Clubs in light of the above disasters need to be aware that the money raised will be contributed to their general fund and used wisely by ShelterBox to help people made homeless by conflict or disaster – wherever the need is greatest.

Donations to ShelterBox can be made via their website at

Buying Danger Signs for Ukraine

Clubs are donating funds for buy Danger signs for previously occupied land in Ukraine where land mines have been left.  So far we have raised enough to buy 651 signs with more money coming in. 

Rotary in South West Peninsula Responds to the Türkiye-Syria Earthquake Emergency
Rotary clubs across Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have been responding very quickly by collecting at various locations for those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.  Other clubs have allocated funds to go direct.  Funds are often going through ShelterBox and The Rotary Give Star Turkey & Syria Disaster Fund. Both working with people on the ground to meet local needs.   
                            Our support will continue.   

Please support your local club as they respond to this terrible crisis.  Or donate online through our Shelterbox link to the right on this page or here:

Some photos from our recent District Conference at the Riviera Conference Centre in Torquay Rotarians Against Poverty.

Ukraine Support Update

Clubs in Devon and Cornwall have taken advantage of Foundation Grant Funding to support Ukrainian families living locally.  Support has included help with English lessons, celebrations for Ukrainian Independence Day, transport, children's activities, support services and many more.

 Türkiye-Syria Earthquake

Clubs everywhere have been quick off the mark collecting and donating to appeals to support the organisations working on the ground to support the millions of people affected by the earthquakes, especially Shelterbox and the Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund.  This, like the situation in Ukraine, will be an ongoing support need.

Clubs support World End Polio Day 2022

Clubs everywhere are planting crocus bulbs, walking a mile, collecting funds and raising awareness of how close we are to eradicating this debilitating disease from our planet. World End Polio Day I'd 24th October and we will be doing our best to give this disease, which is 99.9% gone, the final heave ho! 


Clubs in Devon and Cornwall support the rebuilding of Moshchun, north of Kiev.

Two Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Service Each

July has seen two clubs in our District celebrate their centenaries - Newton Abbot and St Austell.  Our District Governor visited both in his first month in post and enjoyed being part of the celebrations

Paul Harris Award Presentation to Sian

Congratulations to Sian Doyle, our Senior RYLA (Rotary Young Leadership Awards) Lead on being awarded the Paul Harris Award at the end of course dinner for all her hard work and enthusiasm in leading the teams to deliver our District Senior RYLA courses.  Very well deserved!


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