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The Geelong East Rotary Club has supported the Rotary Foundation for many years with contributions from the club and individual members.
The contributions have been both of both financial and volunteer hours and have assisted both local and international projects. In some cases Geelong East has received additional support from the successful application to Rotary’s district grants and the global grants programs. The Rotary grants programs assist in not only matching funds but allow for larger scale projects to be undertaken with fellow Rotary clubs. These projects not only address the seven Areas of Focus for Rotary but allow for Rotary clubs and members to expand their fellowship and form strong partnerships with other clubs and associated communities.
The areas of focus for Rotary are: -
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  •  Water and sanitation
  •  Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Environment
In other cases funds for specific projects have been obtained through community grant programs and philanthropic organisations. These projects are generally aimed at the local community level and allow Rotary and the Foundation to provide the support and address the needs in these local areas that may not receive the support without the assistance of Rotary.
One of the major initiatives that Rotary has undertaken is the End Polio program which has been strongly supported by Geelong East Rotary with special events undertaken to promote awareness and raise funds.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent since Rotary’s first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralysing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.