A general overview about Rotary International
Our experience and skills in community work and volunteering place us in an ideal position to work with organisations such as local businesses, charities, universities, schools, hospitals and environmental groups to support a large variety of good causes. These range from helping at food banks, assisting those affected by flooding, fundraising for local hospices, organising sports tournaments for disabled youngsters and running memory cafés.
(You can see what some of our clubs do by clicking here)
When we are not putting youngsters on programmes or forward for Youth Competitions, many clubs are busy organising annual events such as marathons, classic car rallies, sponsored walks, spring fayres, Christmas festivities and looking after the environment in their communities. Others run regular quiz nights, organise concerts, provide lunches for the elderly and help out at music festivals. A great many more take part in our national partnerships such as Children in Need, blood pressure testing days and providing days out for disadvantaged young people.
Our Work Overseas
When disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons or floods occur around the world, we are quick to respond through our support for survival kits such as Diasater Aid, ShelterBox and AquaBox, which provide the basic essentials required in an emergency situation.
Rotarians from the medical professions use their expertise to run overseas clinics. These include providing much needed hearing aids, glasses and prosthetic limbs to those in areas of the world where these items are in short supply.
In Rotary we also have our unique peace programme. We select some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows globally for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. (The UK Peace Centre is in Bradford)
Rotary Foundation in the United Kingdom (RFUK) is an associate foundation of The Rotary Foundation, our only global charity. The foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Rotary since it's founding in 1905, has since grown internationally to more than 1.2 million members across 200 countries.