Foundation

What is Foundation and how has it assisted our club to develop their projects. Hopefully the below document will give you a greater insight into the Rotary Foundation.

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Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is the international 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 which leave a lasting impact.

The Foundation committee of theRotary Club of Stafford Knot is continuing its fundraising efforts for both the foundation charity and polio plus. We have begun the clothes for cash campaign by selling the donated items. The donations for the auction will be assessed as sonns as the Coopers have returned as to the best place to sell them. Please continue with your bottles of coins, every little helps us to raise much needed funds.

if you have anything you think is suitable for us to sell, please talk to either Barbara or Jacqui. there is surely a market for everything out there, how about a 'declutter' for the Winter or sorting out that wardrobe? Jobs we hate but could give us much needed funds to support the matching grant system. 

On October 9th from 2 - 4pm at St Luke's Church in Cannock there will be a reunion of all exchange programmes members.  Everyone is welcome, the GSE to Australia team, the India team, the VSE Norway team and the German team will hopefully be represented. If you would like to come and partners are welcome, lease contact either Barbara Wetton or Bev Ricketts.

We will be crocus planting with the other three Stafford clubs on October 7th. If anyone would like to join us, please bring a trowel, Crocuses are being planted in the grounds of Stafford Castle. 

We got two grants from the District Foundation in 2013:-

A global grant In partnership with Minsk Rotary Club a minibus was purchased equipped with a lift and wheelchair tracking to support the charity Children in Trouble, based in Gomel. This Charity is partnered by the Chernobyl Childrens Project (UK) and the bus was driven to Belarus, packed with aid including wheelchairs, childrens clothes and shoes and blankets by Rotarian Margie Haslop. In Gomel the bus will be used to support the children and young people affected by the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. On a daily basis it will take children to their medical appointments, to the day care centre, to the special schools which accept their special needs and on outings and in the summer it will enable children to go to holiday centres.

A matching grant for the Stafford Lancers with which they bought microphones and associated equipment. Stafford Lancers are a Show Band consisting of Brass, Drumline, Auxillary Pit Percussion  and Guard (Dance) sections for young people in Stafford.  The microphones  really enable the orchestral pit to come across to the audience. 

2014

This year we are submitting a District grant application for computer equipment for the Kloof Library Study Centre.  Kloof is a small town north of Durban, South Africa

In 2012 the RC of Kloof helped the local library to refurbish some much neglected space and to turn it into a study centre.  It was considered that many learners, particularly the disadvantaged, had no quiet place where they could pursue their studies.  The study centre has potential to be used for the education of all sectors of the community and to facilitate computer literacy as well as research by students on their assignments.  We hope to raise sufficient money to purchase a computer, work station, associated software and a laser printer. 

Ending polio for good is Rotary's number one objective. 

Stafford Knot (together with the other Stafford clubs) donated money received from the Stafford Christmas Parade to Polio Plus as well as money received from Trentham Gardens Firework Night.

Small change is collected by a number of members in sauce bottles and this is also used to aid the global vaccination programme.

We were pleased to hear that India became polio free this January, which only leaves three countries where polio is endemic. 

In November 2013 Jane and Geoff Cooper from Stafford Knot joined other Rotarians from the UK and Belgium in Delhi to support the local Rotary clubs with their Immunisation Day.

The immunisation programme took place over a week starting with an uplifting rally to advertise the event, followed by, on the Sunday, colourful booths and balloons to attract all the families to bring their under fives to be immunised.  Europeans apparently attract more to the booths while supporting the local Rotarians to keep up what must seem like an unending fight to free India of polio and keep it free.  The idea is that if people travel the distance from Europe to India at their own expense, it must be important.  Over the following week the health visitors worked hard visiting every house in the area at least once to ensure every child of appropriate age had their two immunisation drops. Each house had a chalk mark placed on the door to indicate whether all the children had been immunised or whether a return visit had to be made.  Rotary works in partnership with a number of organisations and we were joined during on the Monday by a representative of the World Health Organisation.

The last clusters of polio cases were understandably in areas of poverty where sanitation was poor and people were living in very crowded conditions. Particular emphasis is therefore placed on these areas.  Many Rotarians were moved to tears at the lifestyles they were witnessing.  However  the determination and organisation of the people working under these conditions to eradicate polio left us feeling very humble.

Back in the UK at a social evening to discuss Polio Plus Stafford Knot members made the following comments:- 

 

The last clusters of polio cases were understandably in areas of poverty where sanitation was poor and people were living in very crowded conditions. Particular emphasis is therefore placed on these areas.  Many Rotarians were moved to tears at the lifestyles they were witnessing.  However  the determination and organisation of the people working under these conditions to eradicate polio left us feeling very humble.

Back in the UK at a social evening to discuss Polio Plus Stafford Knot members made the following comments:- 

How good to feel that the end of this scourge is in sight.

Keep going - do not stop.  Polio will reappear if we stop.

Make all visitors aware of their responsibility on entering any country. 

Before you can have a visa to enter a country you must have had a polio immunisation. 

 

 

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