Poole Rotary helps a number of overseas projects each year.

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We raise funds to alleviate international disasters, including provision of Shelterboxes and Aquaboxes for shipment, at a moment's notice, to disaster-stricken regions anywhere in the world. The committee's main charity this year is the Wheelchair Foundation in Africa and eastern Europe. A number of fund-raising events are held during the year to add further to the many hundred pounds we have already sent to the Foundation.

Last Christmas, we once again supported the appeal by Cwmbran Vale Rotary Club entitled "Adopt a Minefield" by buying their excellent Christmas puddings.

The strength of the Rotary movement is its international brotherhood and we welcome visiting Rotarians from all over the World to the club's weekly lunch meetings.

We are proud to have very strong and happy links with the Rotary Clubs of Loches in France and Kiel-Eider in Germany. A party of 23 from Loches club visited us in May 2011 and we took a party of 33 to Kiel in May 2010.