“We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy of doing good to others.” ~ Arch Klumph, founder of the Rotary Foundation.

In 1917, Arch Klumph initiated the Rotary Foundation at the Rotary Convention hosted in Atlanta, in the Unites States of America; the first contribution was US$26.50. Now, 100 years later, the Foundation is embarking on a #2650 campaign encouraging all Rotarians to make a contribution to the Rand value of US$26.50. To date the Foundation has spent more than $3.7 billion (about R13.6 billion) on education, clean water, peace initiatives and the eradication of polio. The Foundation has recently been recognised as the ‘2016 Outstanding Foundation’ by the Association of Fundraising Professionals* for helping to eliminate 99.9% of the polio virus and for training more than 1000 peace fellows who serve in various public and private capacities across the globe.

To celebrate its centenary, the Foundation is raising $300 million to jumpstart its next century and Rotarians around the world are stepping up to the plate. Rotary District 9350, which includes the Western Cape, Namibia and Angola contributes approximately R1 million to the fund annually and are aiming to donate at least that amount again this financial year.

Ian Pursch, District Governor for District 9350, encourages all Rotarians to participate. “The first contribution to the Foundation was $26.50 back in 1917. Today, we are encouraging Rotary clubs and individuals to make a contribution in line with the 2650 number. The money raised is invested back in the communities within which we live. As Rotarians, we pride ourselves in the transparency of how the funds get managed,”.

The Rotary Club of Claremont have already heeded the call by contributing US$26 500. Ian Robertson, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, explains: “For every amount contributed to the Foundation, our investment is multiplied by contributions to our projects from overseas. In other words, besides knowing that our contribution allows the Foundation to do its extraordinary work, we will also receive back more than we invested so that we continue building our community initiatives further.”

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.