Rotary in Reading

Rotary in Reading Projects

Rotary in Reading supports many different projects locally and around the world to improve the lives of others. Below lists just a small sample of these projects, the whole list is much, much longer.

Polio Eradication:Since 1985, Rotary members have donated their time and money to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 different countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99% worldwide and most recently eradicated the disease from India. Polio remains endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan and is now our number 1 goal to eradicate completely.

Shelterbox: Started in 2000 this Rotary project has helped over one million people affected by natural and man-made disaster by providing urgent assistance to allow people to get back on their feet quickly when disaster strikes. Shelterbox provides an all-weather tent large enough to provide shelter for 10 people. Also sent in the iconic green box is pots, pans, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, blankets, a stove, water purification tablets and colouring books to give children something nice to do. Now over 100,000 boxes have been sent to disaster zones all over the world – Haiti, Pakistan, Indonesia and South America are examples.

Supporting the local community

We do a whole range of things locally from ‘hands on’ community service to fundraising for local causes and individuals. The Reading Art Exhibition at St Joseph’s College each October provides a showcase for local artists and similar Exhibitions are also run in Pangbourne and Streatley. We run various Youth Competitions including ‘Rotary Youth Leaders Award’ (RYLA), ‘Young Chef’ and ‘Youth Speaks’ as well as helping in our local schools with reading and interview training. We have a number of Interact Clubs in our schools where our members help the children with International projects and much more.

Members regularly help out with the ‘Churches in Reading Drop In Centre’ (CIRDIC) and Food Banks and we have recently built a pizza oven at Ufton Adventure and have built sensory gardens at the Royal Berks Hospital and similar venues. We organise a number of Fun Runs in the Reading area including the Santa Fun Run in the town centre.  We can be very ‘hands on’ helping with the grounds at the Waterside Centre or doing some garden work or decorating for an individual in need.

We hold a variety of fundraising events so that we can support local charities such as Alexander Devine Children’s’ Trust and Ufton Adventure and a host of other local causes. We also support good causes internationally and not only financially but again, with ‘hands on’ work through Africa, India, Montserrat and other places where people need our help following local disasters or for community development.

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