Rotary foundation raises fund for health, education, WASH services 

Rotary International has appealed to Rotarians, philanthropists and friends to donate generously to Rotary Foundation to assist in the provision of health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene services for children.  

District Governor of Rotary District 9125, Arc. Sagab Sani Ahmed made the call during a Rotary Zone 3 dinner in Kaduna on Saturday night. He said the foundation, which began in 1916 has done so much in touching people’s lives along the Rotary club’s seven areas of focus, adding that one of the biggest achievements recoded by Rotary Foundation in Nigeria is the eradication of polio virus. 

“This is a Rotary event to celebrate the Rotary Foundation, raise funds and enlighten people about the Rotary Foundation. We are mobilising funds for the Rotary Foundation. It’s the largest humanitarian project in the world. If we have a lot of Rotarians who made donations it would go a long way in the cause of the Rotary Foundation. Whatever is donated would go a long way in vaccinating lots of children; give books to school children, who don’t have books, and provide drinking water to families and communities that cannot afford it. 

“District 9125 consists of all the over 127 Rotary Clubs in 23 states (19 Northern states, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo states) and the FCT. One of its notable funding is the polio eradication initiative. From over 200 polio endemic countries, we have only two now. Despite the eradication of polio, the polio vaccination should not stop at the moment, it should continue to immunise the children and unborn children against the killer disease. Though the prevalence is low with time it would become an issue that is not serious so that we will completely stop it in the world.”

Also speaking, Past Governor of District 9125, Chairman District 9125 Rotary Foundation and Chairman Polio Plus Committee, Rotarian Joshua Hassan said, “the fund raised for the Rotary Foundation is spent on the seven areas of focus. Between July 1 and now, the World Health Organisation has allocated $14 million for health surveillance in the North. So, what you spent comes back to the North to assist the people.”