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Rotary's International Avenue of Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

In the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, the Rotary Foundation and World Community Services (RF&WCS) Committee focuss on International activities, promoting world understading and peace and promoting the work of Rotary's Charity, the Rotary Foundation. The Committee oversees and  coordinates ad hoc committees and working groups engaged in related activities within the club.  The Committee mamnges the club's World Community Service budget.  In addtion the committee provides a focus within the club for all Rotary Foundation programs including Group Study Exchange, Polio Plus, Scholarship programs, Friendship Exchange,

Recent activities include:



With so many people in need of basic shelter as a result of natural disasters Norfolk Sunrise continues to support Shelterbox in their efforts to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most.

Multi Aids Care Centre - Gondola Mozambique


 Norfolk Sunrise is excited to support the Rotaract Club of Brantford in their on-going project in Gondola Mozambique to help the many children in the community who had lost both their parents due to the AIDS pandemic.  Rotaractors will visit the project in December to build a chicken coop, provide a hot meal and 2 sets of clothes to 300 orphaned children on Christmas day, oversee a fish pond completion and visit the completed multiple care centre.

Norfolk Sunrise: Helping to Give Hope in Tanzania

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The Tumaini Childrens Foundation is a Simcoe based not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, support and education of orphaned and needy children in and around Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania. A team of Norfolk Sunrisers entered the Foundation’s recent Tumaini Golf Tournament of Hope held at the Pine Valley course and presented a cheque of $500 from the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise to further their work in Tanzania. To learn more about the Tumaini Foundation you can visit their website at To see a full report of our golfer’s fun day at the Tournament (including the "happy dance") click here, (Sept 2012)

Operation Eyesight

Around the world, 285 million people live with low vision and blindness.  Vision problems are reaching epidemic proportions, especially in the developing world.  Working through Operation eyesight Universal, Norfolk Sunrise helps to restore vision in India.

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Microbank Development - Nogales Mexico
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A very successful program with a 98% collection rate with 19 borrowing groups and 386 loans made in the first year, 85% very poor women.  The Norfolk Sunrise donation of $2000 will be matched by a grant from the Rotary Foundation.

Operation Shoebox - Nogales Mexico

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Working with other Ontario and US Rotary Clubs, Norfolk Sunrise supports Operation Shoebox providing school suplies and other necessities to young people in Nogales Mexico

Ride for Rotary

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August 25th saw Sunrisers organizing and participating in a Ride for Rotary.Twenty one bikers and fourteen bikes raised $600 for Rotary's polio eradication effort. A great day riding thru Norfolk and surrounding counties with a winery visit and lunch at the tea house in Sparta.  Bikers say “A bike on the road is worth three in the garage”. It’s true! Recent announcements by the Gate’s Foundation and CIDA matching funds raised by Canadian Rotarian to fight polio triples the amount raised in this fall’s Ride for Rotary from $600 to $1,800 – that’s 3000 vaccinations rather than 1000! Good news just in time for World Polio Day Oct 21! Well done bikers!

Toys for Boys 
 Lucine Mckay heard the District’s call for a toy box for auction at the recent District Conference and lead the way for the club in putting together a great “Boys Toy-box” which sold at the auction for more than $149.99 to a very happy and excited successful bidder (a Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Delhi). The Toy box auction raised over $4,000 for the Rotary Foundation. Congrats Lucine and all who contributed.