ROTARY WINNING THE BATTLE AGAINST POLIO
Rotary District Foundation Chairman David Simpson, who represents 70 Rotary clubs in Lancashire and Cumbria, gave an impressive presentation to Rotarians and friends at a recent meeting arranged by the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle.
One of the aspects of Foundation (which is Rotary’s Charity) is the continued fight against polio which since 1985 has seen the number of reported cases fall from 350,000 to just 70 in 2014 which is due to the huge investment that Rotary worldwide has achieved. The only countries left which contribute these 70 cases are Pakistan and Afghanistan.
David Simpson outlined the other work that comes under the remit of Foundation such as the establishment of Ambassadorial scholarships which in the UK are held at the University of Bradford which are aimed at Peace Fellowships. An important development has been the district, global and packaged grants which has enabled Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs. The Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle assisted with other local clubs took advantage of this scheme to launch a major water project in the village of Maikot in Nepal which has been a huge success.
Foundation has introduced other programmes to improve Health, Hunger and Humanity around the world, and aims to foster world understanding and good will through its many projects.
Ian McTurk, President of the Rotary club said: “ We are very appreciative of David coming from District Headquarters to make such an excellent presentation of what Foundation does locally, nationally and worldwide. At our club we have very much benefitted from the grant programme which for the first time allows poor people in Maikot to have drinking water pumped straight into their village. Also we at our club are very much involved in the drive to eliminate polio.”