Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
THE POWER OF CLEAN WATER
The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard:
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Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where our alumni are creating positive change.
Our fellowshipsEach year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.
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Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club is pleased to launch a new Rotary Business Partner scheme to enable members of the local business community to help the club meet the many needs that exist locally and to give member businesses publicity.
Most people are aware of the worldwide organisation of Rotary and its remarkable success in service to the community and fundraising for good causes, but few realise what Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club does for the local and international community.
The Rotary Business Partners Scheme has been instigated to develop closer contacts with, and support from local businesses and really is a fantastic opportunity to make our town a better place to live and work.
Lisa Hunter, Rotary member and lead for this project, explained “Members of our Rotary Business Partners Scheme assist us by helping to cover the costs of our fundraising events and publicity, allowing us to maximise funds raised. Working together can bring great benefits to both partners, providing volunteer opportunities for member businesses and a collaboration of ideas.”
The scheme formally helps Business Partners and their staff to meet their personal and corporate social responsibility aims and objectives. For a nominal annual contribution of £150, which is tax deductible, Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club welcomes you and your business as a Rotary Business Partner and will provide:
Want to Join?
If you would like more information about becoming a Rotary Business Partner, please visit our website at www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/businesspartners, call Lisa on 07876 341334 or email
Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.
Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.
OUR IMPACT ON DISEASE
The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard. Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
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The second Tenpin Tuesday of the year and the challenge was set once again….could I actually get any skittles down?
There were two teams for the evening, evenly matched with girls and boys. Team 1 was Dave, EJ, Vic and Keith with Team 2 made up of Adam, James and myself.
Much swapping of balls, at least on my part was done, I still can’t decide whether the heavier or lighter balls is the better option, neither really aided my sense of direction (or distinct lack of).
Ex-President Vic ended the evening sporting an injury, not in achieving the strike, but in the celebration afterwards! Well done Vic for achieving a strike!
There were some great scorers of the night with Adam achieving a 153 and Keith achieving the highest break of a 147 (oops wrong sport, that’s snooker!)
This is always a fun night, chatting with fellow Rotarians and building friendships as well as enjoying the half price bowling, can’t wait for the next one in 2018.
On Saturday 2nd September the Rotary Clubs of Cookham Bridge and Marlow Thames held their annual Regatta in Cookham. Due to our undeniable success in 2016 we decided to have another bash this year in the Canoe Cat races and our able team of rowers (President Mike, Elisa-Jade, David Gratton, James B, Katherine, Keith , Nisha and David Gunn) spent literally minutes training and building up their stamina in the weeks leading up to the big event.
It was a beautiful day, and the rowers and the support team pitched up their deckchairs on the river bank and out came the picnics. After a shaky start to the first race (where our team rowed off in the wrong direction to get to the start line) the team rallied together but only managed to come second (or rather, they lost). The second race saw more success, and a more strategic positioning of rowers in the boat (big lads at the back) seemed to streamline our efforts and the race was won!
Whilst all this was going on, I entered Bagel (my beagle) into the dog show (the “Most Handsome Dog” class) but sadly it seemed the judges were unable to spot perfection and we came away unplaced. A few days later I received an email from the organisers to say that because our team won the second race we had actually won a trophy! Still not entirely sure how that happened, but we will gladly take it!
There’s talk of us entering the Dragon Boat races next year for which considerably more training will need to take place. I believe there is drumming involved. Looking forward to it already!
Every year our club helps fellow Rotarians from Maidenhead Rotary to plan, organise and marshal the annual Boundary Walk. This year was the 36th year the event has run and is organised with the aim of facilitating local people to raise funds for charities that are close to their hearts.
Maidenhead Boundary Walk is based on an ancient custom called Beating the bounds. Its roots go back to mediaeval times when parishes reaffirmed their boundaries by processing round them at Rogationtide,
stopping to beat each boundary mark with wands and to pray for protection and blessings for the land.
Today Maidenhead has expanded outside the old boundaries of the town, but you can still find the old boundary stones, and this is the route we follow for the annual Charity Boundary Walk.
This year saw a record turn-out of walkers with 648 taking part in total, supporting more than 64 different charities and raising over £25,000. These numbers alone are testament as to what makes this event so special and one we are very proud to support. Below is a viewpoint from Kevin who was at one of the marshalling points!
After a busy week travelling to Spain and watching my team Chelsea win in Madrid and then lose on Saturday, it’s Sunday morning and the alarm goes off – why I ask myself? Then I remember I volunteered to help marshal the Boundary Walk. So I get myself ready, pack the car boot with coats, rain hat, jumper etc. The weather doesn’t look good. I am off to the Shire Horse pub on A4 to help people cross a road without stopping the traffic.
I meet my fellow victims (sorry volunteers): Robert a potential new member who used to be a Rotaract member and Geoff, a Rotary member, and now retired former treasurer of Maidenhead and Windsor Council.
We exchange stories and get to know each other. That’s one thing about Rotary, you get to meet some interesting people. Our first visitor arrives, we wait patiently for a gap in the traffic…finally he crosses! So it begins: more people slowly arrive, grateful that we can escort them over the road waving a stop sign (the rules said we were not supposed to do that). Have you ever tried getting over the A4 without getting caught in the middle?
Being at a crossing by the pub means many of the walkers seem take the opportunity for refreshments. Can’t blame them - it’s the half way point and they were obviously thirsty. So at the end of our stint the new crew take over our duties. Robert and I retire to the pub. Getting to the bar is fun it’s packed with boundary walkers all enjoying the local ale!
So if you want to be thanked by lots of different folks and meet some fellow like-minded volunteers I recommend it. This is the third time I have volunteered at the Boundary Walk at different points along the way and each time I have enjoyed it. BTW it didn’t rain on my watch.
PS the beer was good!
Elisa-Jade, one of our new members, is a qualified chef with over 29 years’ experience cooking at some of finest places, she currently heads up a flag ship corporate fine dining kitchen in the heart of surrey. Food is one of Elisa’s biggest passions and over the years has claimed a number of awards including getting on to MasterChef a few years ago.
Chocolate, fudge and Cornish sea salt brownies
What do you do for a living?
Having worked for myself for a number of years in the logistics industry I have recently started working for a national freight carrier based near Heathrow.
What do you do for fun?
When I was younger I was a keen climber and mountaineer, travelling to the Alps and Himalayan regions however as I've got older I now enjoy walks in the Chilterns and a nice pub lunch with Rabika.
Where did you last holiday?
I have just returned from a three week trip to South Africa visiting Rabika's family and exploring the coastal areas north of Durban. We travelled between Johannesburg and Durban with a final few days relaxing at 'Sun City' before our flights home
What's your favourite film?
'The Hunt for Red October' old but a classic
Where are you from?
I'm a local.! I was born in Amersham as High Wycombe hospital didn't have a maternity ward back then and grew up in Marlow.
Why did you join Rotary?
Having attended several events as a volunteer with Rabika Lisa's marketing tactics finally got the best of me!
What have you enjoyed most at rotary so far?
I have helped at the Burnham Donkey derby for the last couple of years, that has been great fun.
Can you tell us something we might not know about you?
As a child I was a keen Cub/Scout. This took me from a young boy on camping trips to a teenager climbing Mont Blanc the highest mountain in Europe at the age of 16.
Which rotary events are you looking forward to?
Due to holiday commitments this year I was unable to attend Timbertown however seeing photos and talking to people about the event I will make sure I'm available for the next one.
Describe Rotary in three words?
Rewarding, fun, friendly.
Timbertown is an annual children's even, run over the August Bank Holiday in Maidenhead for approximately 350 local children, aged 6 to 11. The children form into a number of groups and set about building their huts using timber and
material provided by local companies. They get to use real hammers and nails, pliers, saws, crowbars, glues, and paints – and there's a number of games and water activities across the long-weekend.
We had spectacular weather for the whole weekend which fitted in perfectly with this year's "Timbertown at the Beach" theme. The final day sees all of the huts being pushed in to the middle of the park for the grand finale Bonfire!
Two weeks later a few of us were back in the park to clear up all of the ash, nails, and general debris before throwing down the new grass seed-mix. In total our Club members contributed 105 hours this year covering a variety of activities from set-up, assisting to build the huts, games and activities, dismantling and the clean-up day.
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