Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Nov 01, 2018

The month of November is the month that Rotary International dedicates to the programs and activities of the Rotary Foundation and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the many great things that our foundation delivers to our district and the world. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

So, do we really need the Rotary Foundation? Well, it is possible for Rotarians to use own funds to carry out community service projects, but to plan and execute large, high impact & sustainable projects that will result in positive and lasting changes in our communities and the world, we need the technical and financial support that TRF offers. Our clubs today carry out innovative and sustainable service projects that support our six focus areas namely: Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Growing local economies.

With donations like yours, Rotary has wiped out 99.9% of all polio cases in the world and as Rotarians of District 9211 we cannot get weary of donating. This year we have set out to raise $90,000 towards Polio Eradication and $650,000 towards Rotary Foundation. With this amount to polio we shall immunise 150,000 children at a cost of 0.60 cents per child. Your donations also train future peacemakers, support provision of clean water, and strengthen local economies.

I would like to specially thank the District and Country Grants Officers and Chair of District Rotary Foundation team who tirelessly examine, advise and revise the many project proposals you send so that we adhere to the required standards for sustainable projects and stewardship while addressing the real needs of the community.

We are gearing up to celebrate our foundation giving and special plans are in progress to celebrate our giving to the foundation in the month of Feb 2019. More details will be provided closer to the time.

We take so much for granted in our lives, where water streams from each one of the many taps in our houses, there is reasonable medical care just around the corner, an active education system that provides a future for our children and in this comfort zone it is very easy to mistakenly think that this is the case for everyone. Unfortunately, it is so very different for one-third of the world’s population! 

The Rotary Foundation is our charity and I am asking you to be part of it. This year I have even asked Rotaractors to give $20 each and be part of our giving goal and I do hope that you as Rotarians are doing your part. As many as 34 clubs have set goals of giving to “zero” to the foundation but I do not believe that as Rotarians in these clubs you are not willing play your part and hence request you to speak to your club leadership to quickly review and demonstrate your commitment to our Foundation.

 “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” ―John D. Rockefeller Jr.


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