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.
The first woman Governor of the Rotary in Sri Lanka and Maldives Gowri Rajan who was conferred the ‘Inspiring Leadership’ award at the Professional Women in Management Awards – 2014 acknowledged that the appointment of K.R. Ravindran as the International President of Rotary International would add value to building brand Sri Lanka and help build the country image globally.Read more...
The values of Rotary were introduced to Gowri Rajan at an early age by her father T.R.R. Rajan, who was the 51st President of the Rotary Club of Kandy. In 1997 she joined the Rotaract Club of Kandy (the youth arm of Rotary) and subsequently formed the Rotaract Club of Katugastota in 1998 and became its Charter President.Read more...
US$ 500,000 worth of brand new hearing aids will be distributed to the needy through the 62 Rotary Clubs spread across the country. US$ 100,000 worth Audiometers to be donated to National Hospitals in the country together with the Rotary Club of Kandy....Read More ›
In Sri Lanka for every 1,000 newborn babies, 6-8 are born with a heart defect. It is estimated that approximately 2,500 to 3,000 children are born with heart diseases. Currently, more than 90 per cent of children with congenital and acquired heart diseases in Sri Lanka are treated at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) for Children. LRH, established in 1895, is currently the largest children’s hosp...Read More ›