The objective of the Rotary Foundation is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international charitable and education programmes. The programmes, which are wide in scope include Group Study Exchange Visits, Matching Grants, The Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants, Polio Eradication, Ambassadorial Scholarships etc. The Polio Plus campaign has been described as Rotary's greatest gift to mankind (Nine billion children have been immunised).
Rotary Foundation is arguably the single greatest factor in making Rotary International such an important influence in the world today. It was set up in 1917 as a benevolent and charitable fund for the purpose of doing good in the world, and since the outset Rotary Foundation has paid out over a billion dollars to projects around the globe.
For several years now, we have set ourselves a target of $100 per member to our Rotary Foundation from a combination of fund raising events and individual contributions.
We will continue to support the End Polio campaign - so ably supported by Microsoft giant Bill Gates. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationset Rotary International a challenge - to finish the job of ridding the world of polio and they gave us a mighty big hand with their donations - click the link for more info.
In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts and those of partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio in 2005, the organization's centennial year.
We will continue to support the End Polio campaign - so ably supported by Microsoft giant Bill Gates. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation set Rotary International a challenge - to finish the job of ridding the world of polio and they gave us a mighty big hand with their donations - click here for more info.
A very successful Charity Breakfast was held in The Belmont Hotel on Wednesday 16 November with Irish Rugby World Cup star Rory Bestas the principal guest.
Banbridge Rotary have over a number of years contributed up to the full target for giving to Foundation, especially End Polio Now. So much so that in January 2014, the club received an award as the second biggest donor in District to Foundation.