Rotary Foundation

Foundation is the charity of Rotary International

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

    Each year the Rotary Club of Twckenham upon Thames makes a donation to the Rotary Foundation. In Rotary year 2020-2021 we donated £1480.

     On 16 August 2021 our club raised approximately £700 towards our donation for year 2021-2022. We did this by our fugal meal initiative, where members who are able meet to share a low-cost meal but all club members donate the true cost of a meal. This year's event was organised by Chis and Agnes Hack and the cost of the frugal meal components was covered by a donation from our president Charles Baroudi.

Foundation history

At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. 

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Chris Hack, President of our Club from 2022-2023. He receives the handover from outgoing President Charles Baroudi at the event in July 2022


What is Twickenham upon Thames Rotary (TuT Rotary)?

Our plant stall

What We Do to help and support our local Community

Celebrating clean water

Our current main focus is on helping to rebuild in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes

Learning leadership skills

Our Youth and Vocational Committee works with many schools in the borough to provide various support projects and competitions

Our Newsletter

Thames Link is our Club newsletter issued two or three times a year.


Our annual calendar always includes visits to houses and venues of interest, wonderful garden tours guided by our expert horticulturists, an international evening with food and theme accordingly, and a weekend international trip in a European City.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have been meeting via Zoom therefore the current presentations have been facilitated using the Zoom service. We plan to return to face to face speakers and events in the very near future

The purple crocus, the symbol of Rotary's campaign to end Polio

Rotary has been in the vanguard of the drive to eradicate polio for more than 30 years


Rotary Conferences are held annually by RI, RIBI and by each District


Foundation is the charity of Rotary International