The purpose of international service within Rotary is to promote international goodwill and understanding, and to undertake projects to meet the humanitarian needs of children and families in the poorest areas throughout the world.
Rotary clubs work together to support major projects on a global basis, such as the current Rotary International commitment to the worldwide eradication of polio.
Clubs also work at district and local level to support smaller projects to help those most in need.
Hythe Rotary Club has a proud history of supporting individual communities in a range of countries including Uganda, Gambia and India, as well as raising funds to provide emergency Shelterbox accommodation during major disasters.
Hythe Rotary Club President Reg Belcourt prepares to serve soup at a frugal lunch organised by the Rotary club to raise funds for Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Thanks to the kind donation of professionally prepared soup from the Hythe Brasserie, and the support of club members and their wives, the Rotary club was able to raise the sum of £500.00 for Mary’s Meals.
The Bar B Que is the first fundraising event of this International Committee's year. Our overseas project is a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Mossel Bay in South Africa, and funds raised will be used to provide a hot meal for 25 needy school children for a whole year, and also to provide warm clothing for these children during the cold winter months.
The Mayor of Hythe councillor Keren Belcourt supported the the Scouts, Guides, Cubs Brownies and Beavers in their fundraising effort at the Local Sainsbury store last Saturday in aid of Shelterbox. The Scouts from the 1st Hythe and 1st Saltwood scout Groups and Guides and Brownies from Hythe raised £658 which will enable a shelterbox to be ready to send to another disaster area.
As part of their 2010/11 international programme the Rotary Club of Hythe has offered to raise funds to build a new classroom at Bucence Primary School in Uganda.
We were very pleased to have the Mayor visit the Shelterbox display tent during the Hythe Festival week.
During 2008/9 The Rotary Club of Hythe raised £2,000 to build two houses for homeless orphan children.
During 2007/8 the Rotary club of Hythe raised £3000 to finance the machinery needed for 3 new village corn mills.
Hythe Rotary club contributed £500 towards the cost of a shipment of computers for scools in Uganda.