The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is Rotary International's charity and is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of TRF.
The mission of TRF 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"
The role of the Club's Foundation Committee is two-fold –
- firstly to raise funds for TRF by encouraging members to contribute at least US$100 (£60) pa to TRF's Programmes Fund.
- secondly to make members aware of the numerous programmes through which TRF achieves its objectives, how individual Rotarians can be involved, and the opportunities for obtaining matching grants for projects that the club would like to support.
The new Rotary Grants Programme, previously known as Future Vision, launched on 1st July 2013, and this gives Districts & Clubs more opportunities to access TRF funds for our pet projects. We are applying for a Global Grant to support the International Committee’s Books for Schools project which we are undertaking with RC of Kasese in Uganda. District have encouraged us to send out a Vocational Training team to help with the launch of the project and we have added their costs into the grant application, so that the total for the project is almost £35,000. I also want to apply for some smaller District grants up to £1,000 to support local projects
The Foundation team 2013-14
Derek Davidson (Guru/Advocate for Local District Grants), Irene Modzelan (Quiz), Duncan Gibson (Pledges Officer) will be supported by Chris Nutt, Barry Lipscomb & Inga Tuley. As Chair I will coordinate and handle Global grants.
We contributed £7,500 (£84ph) to the TRF Programmes Fund in 2012-13 which is £500more than the previous year and puts us at the top of the District league table. If you have not already made your donation or signed up to a standing Order, please do it now, and remember to send the advice slips back to Duncan Gibson, so that he can keep a record. If you have mislaid your form, see Duncan. We also contributed a further £1,300 towards the End Polio Now Campaign.
Foundation Events 2013-14
End Polio Now Collection Sat 26th October 2013. Gill Russell is coordinating this street collection for End Polio Now which is timed to coincide with World Polio Day. Polio eradication has been one of RI’s main priorities since 1985, an as a result of those efforts we are very close to achieving that goal. It just needs a final push. Below is photo of our very own Colin Cook taking part in a National Immunisation Day in India in 2010.