Surbiton Rotary Club support groups and individuals in a whole host of different ways.
Over the past 80 years, we have given away over £700,000.
We also offer physical support and advice to schools, charities and other organisations.
STROKE AWARENESS DAY
STAR AND GARTER HOME
"I can't thank you enough for your kind donation which helped me to get to West Africa to help build toilets and a school for some very needy villagers. I learned a lot and have now returned to my secondary school to encourage other pupils to undertake similar trips to help those in need. Thank you members of Surbiton Rotary Club."
Robbie Mallet, Southborough School
SUPPORTING THE MAYOR'S CHARITIES
END POLIO NOW
Rotarians throughout the world have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty and civil strife of many countries.
Since the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign’s inception in 1985 more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. To date, 209 countries, territories and areas around the world are polio-free. As of January 2012, India was declared polio free for the first time in history, leaving just Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan with endemic polio. As of June 2011, Rotary has committed more than £650 million to global polio eradication. Rotary has received £270 million in challenge grants from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotary committed to raising £150 million by June 30, 2012 and met that goal by January 2012. This represents another £425 million toward polio eradication.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity supported by Rotary Clubs that provides temporary shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families.
Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster.
ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.
The first consignment of 143 boxes was sent to earthquake victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Over the next three years the project matured and by the end of 2004 nearly 2,600 boxes had been dispatched, following 16 major disasters.
One of ShelterBox's largest responses was the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti in 2010. ShelterBox provided shelter for 28,000 families or approximately 25% of all tents delivered in areas surrounding Port au Prince.
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TOPIC OF CANCER
Topic of Cancer was formed as a volunteer-run charity to raise awareness and funds for the essential research into cancer immunotherapy. The cancer research unit located at the University of Surrey is one of the main immunotherapy research teams able to conduct clinical trials within their dedicated facility.
Over the past 3 years the club has raised over £5,700 for Topic of Cancer which has helped the Cancer Research Institute at Surrey achieve encouraging results. These include the ability of a naturally occurring ‘common cold’ virus to infect and kill bladder cancer cells. Such immunotherapy could offer a potentially less toxic, more effective option for the treatment of bladder, breast, kidney, bowel and other cancers.