The Rotary movement is the first international service organisation, founded n 1905 in Chicago USA and connects 1.2 million Rotarians across 210 countries. With a 99% reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, Rotary has made tremendous progress in eliminating Polio from the world being the second biggest human disease in history after smallpox.
In 1988 Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the WHO , UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Rotary Foundation spent over US$ 700 million to purchase oral polio vaccine for this project.
Rotarians serve the community by implementing educational and humanitarian projects Rotary International is the only service organisation in the world to be declared a permanent Seat in the UN for its role in promoting peace and goodwill among nations.
The first Rotary Club in Sri Lanka was formed in Colombo in 1929. Currently there are 61 Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka, with nearly 1,600 Rotarians..
Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become Polio Free with a funding of US$ 2,5 MILLION from the Rotary network. Rotary Sri Lanka also takes pride in rebuilding 23 Tsunami affected Government schools in Sri Lanka at a cost over Rs 1 billion.