Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity that is funded by donations from the Clubs and individual members who choose to donate on a regular basis.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, education, and alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation's greatest global success has been the End Polio Now campaign that has over the last 25 years virtually eradicated Polio from all bar three countries. Rotary's funding of immunisation programmes has had a global impact. This impact has been enhanced by the matching of funds from The Bill Gates Foundation to the tune of many millions of dollars. Here in the Langport & Somerton communities residents will have seen purple crousses flowering during March. This recognised the challenges faced by Polio around the globe and how Rotary has, working with others, has now witnessed just 5 cases of Polio in the world during 2017 - Afganistan and Pakistan being the only two countries affteced.
The current Polio Eradication cases this Calendar year is :-
Wild Polio Virus (WPV)
Afghanistan 11 13
Nigeria 0 4
Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cvDPV)
The Congo 10 0
Pakistan 0 1 Nigeria 0 1
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic 0 3
The Foundation also supports Districts and Clubs deliver their own aspirations with "matching grants", and encourages Clubs to work cross-nation on international projects.
During 2017 we have worked with other Clubs in the District on a Global Grant to fund a bridge project in Fiji, a water project in Uganda and used a District Grant to help us match-fund a project much closer to home, being BIBIC which is based in Langport.
We now have projects ready to support with the help of a second District Grant totaling £500.
1. Wessex Youth Club in Somerton, for footballs, basketballs, snooker cues and balls. - Cost £250, supported with a £125 Foundation grant.
2. Langport Youth Club, for a heavy duty Gazebo. - Cost £250, supported with a £125 Foundation grant
3. Freewheelers project £655 supported with a £250 Foundation grant.
The Langport Arms