What we do
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. He was the Chicago attorney who formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so that professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Worldwide, Rotarians work to protect communities from preventable disease, keep women and children healthy, improve education and economic outcomes, create safe water and sanitation infrastructure, and make our community and the world a more peaceful place.
At a more local level, here are just a few example projects we’re involved with:
- Christmas car-parking. This Rotary project in central Cambridge raises around £40,000 annually for local and international good causes.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Every year we sponsor 18-26 yr-olds to attend a week long immersive course in Leadership Development. Who do you know who might benefit?
- Special Effect. A UK-based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.
- Shelterbox. Providing emergency accommodation and supplies to disaster areas round the world
- Ending polio: Partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF to end polio, once and for all.