On September 29th Rotary World Help loaded its 300th container of humanitarian goods for developing world countries.  Rotary World Help is an organization of Rotary Clubs from Districts 5040 and 5050, as well as affiliate clubs from other Districts.  

The concept of shipping medical, educational and other goods began in 1992, when local Rotarians visited the Ukraine to help establish the first Rotary club in that country.  On witnessing the deplorable state of medical facilities, Rotarians decided to send a container of items to help those in need. 

Since then, Rotary World Help has expanded to 40 Rotary clubs and has now sent shipments to 57 countries.  A conservative estimate puts the value of these goods at over 100 million dollars and benefitting almost 9 million people.

Rotary World Help is an all volunteer registered non-profit society with no payroll and extremely low administration expenses. It gathers, sorts, records, and ships goods in containers.  Those containers include medical, dental, optical, educational, sports and disaster relief goods. 

Rotary clubs can become a member of Rotary World Help by an annual fee of only $10.  

A member club can sponsor all or part of a shipment of a 40’ container to a partnering Rotary club in another country at a cost of only $1,500 to cover the shipping costs plus a contribution to Rotary World Help. The fee covers administration costs, warehousing, pick-up and operation costs of the truck to gather the goods being shipped. 

Sometimes a single club will sponsor a container and at other times two or more clubs will come together to share the cost.  But whatever the cost, the impact these donated resources have at their destination is priceless.

Rotary World Help was honoured with the Donald MacRae award which recognizes an individual or group of Rotarians in Canada, Alaska or the Russian Republic for contribution to international peace through its humanitarian work.

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                 *Rotary Clubs of the Lower Mainland of BC World Help Network is a registered Canadian charity.