12TH MARCH 2017 - CHARITY
The charity selected by Rotary for the Bath Half Marathon in 2017 is The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation celebrates its 100th year in 2017.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary it taps into the worldwide network of Rotarians. With over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries it is able to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, locally and globally.
Created in 1917 as an endowment fund for Rotary by the Rotarian Arch C Klumph 'to do good in the world' The Rotary Foundation has grown from an £18 contribution to a fund worth some £684m. It now has one of the largest and most prestigious humanitarian and educational programmes in the world.
It is a not-for-profit organisation whose funds are raised by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation directs its efforts in six areas to enhance its local and global impact. The most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall into the following areas:
- Promoting peace
- Fighting disease
- Providing clean water
- Saving mothers and children
- Supporting education
- Growing local economies
Currently The Rotary Foundation is part of the programme that is on the cusp of eradicating polio from the world.
Since 1985 when the Rotary PolioPlus campaign began more than two billion children have received the oral vaccine and the number of endemic countries has fallen from 150 to just 2.
The two remaining polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are still facing security threats which provide challenges to polio eradication within their borders.
Update August 2016: Two cases of polio confirmed in Nigeria. The first in the country since July 2014. An emergency vaccination campaign has been initiated in the north-eastern state of Borno and the surrounding countries.
Dr. Hamid Jafari, Director, Global Polio Eradication Operations and Research for the World Health Organisation said "With Rotary, we made tremendous progress last year. We must keep going to end polio. If the world's commitment to polio eradication remains strong, we will soon see a polio-free world."
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