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ROTARY CLUB OF CAMBRIDGE SAWSTON
A century of service by the world's largest volunteer organisation.
Rotary International has grown, from four Chicago businessmen meeting regularly in 1905, to become the world's largest service organisation of business and professional men and women with approximately 1.2 million members in 31,000 clubs across 166 countries. It is a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organisation and in Great Britain and Ireland there are over 58,000 members in 1,846 clubs. Regular fellowship helps Rotarians share a common vision for a better world and find the inspiration to serve others in many different ways under the broad headings of:-
Vocational Support for Young People
International Humanitarian Aid
Service Above Self
Whilst funds are often raised for charity, it is not a Rotary club's primary objective. Emphasis is on personal service through fellowship - our motto is Service Above Self.
Rotarians in the British Isles gave more than 14 million hours of service in support of community projects at a local, national and international level last year and raised more than £20 million for charitable causes. They also co-ordinate an annual student exchange programme that sends 8,000 students abroad for 3 months and most recently have raised £5 million in aid for the victims of the Asian Tsunami disaster.
The Rotary Foundation, Rotary's own charity, gives more than £30 million annually to international educational and humanitarian programmes and grants scholarships to about 1,000 university students to study in another country. Since 1985 Rotary has committed £300 million towards polio eradication and helped immunise nearly two billion children.
What does the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston do?
The club operates within Rotary International and selects causes it wishes to support.
Community service is the traditional and well-known face of Rotary and club members support fund raising for 'Children in Need', organise 'Kids Out' for disadvantaged children, and raise funds for local charities from a Gardeners Question Time. Since 2001 the club has organised the Sawston Charity Fun Run, a charity event raising over £267,649 for 50 local charities and organisations.
Vocational support for students takes the form of offering career advice, encouraging creative design and self confidence through Young Designer of the Year and Youth Speaks competitions involving seven local schools and community colleges.
Internationally , the club works with the three other Cambridge clubs to provide Shelterboxes for those in need when there is a disaster appeal, most recently the Kerala floods. The Bantaba Project in The Gambia has received over £2,000 last year from fund raising efforts and a District Grant to provide solar panels to bring much needed electricity to a skills training and community centre.
In addition the club applied for and was granted a Global Scholarship for a graduate in Botswana to study for a year at Anglian Ruskin University.