Rotary International is an organisation of service clubs located all over the world. Our purpose is to bring together business, professional and community leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is a secular organisation open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, or political preference. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide.
Rotary’s best known campaign, PolioPlus - supported by many prominent world figures including Desmond Tutu (right), is contributing to the global eradication of polio. As a result, India, where the disease has long been endemic, was declared polio-free by the WHO at the World Polio Summit in New Delhi on 25 February 2012, a major achievement which highlights the urgency and viability of eradication in parts of the world where it still exists (see report here). Since 1985, Rotarians have contributed over US$850 million and tens of thousands of volunteer-hours, leading to the inoculation of more than two billion of the world's children.