Connecting with the Foundation

Samarpan — The Rotary ­Foundation seminar — was ­organised at ­Alleppey by D 3211. Over 850 ­Rotarians including Major Donors and AKS members attended the event. It was led by the District TRF Chair K Babumon and ­inaugurated by Kerala’s Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac.

DG Suresh Mathew highlighted the District’s various endeavours towards the welfare of the community. “We are supporting the State Government’s ‘Ardram’ initiative by ­providing ­infrastructure and ­equipment for ­hospitals, having recently ­completed the ­renovation of a 4,500 sq ft ­women’s ward in a hospital.” The district will be building toilets in 40 schools with ₹1 crore grant approved from TRF and has ­mobilised ₹25 lakh for setting up a ­mammography unit, besides having digitalised another unit at a cost of ₹1.3 crore. The district has been quite proactive in performing global grant projects and has availed TRF funds worth nearly ₹7 crore for ­various projects in the last five years, he added.

AKS member Sudhi Jabbar being felicitated by EMGA K P Nagesh, DG Suresh Mathew, PDG Reghunath, District TRF Chair K Babumon and D 3231 DG Jawarilal Jain.
AKS member Sudhi Jabbar being felicitated by EMGA K P Nagesh, DG Suresh Mathew, PDG Reghunath, District TRF Chair K Babumon and D 3231 DG Jawarilal Jain.

Mathew signed an MoU with Rtn Dr ­Sumitran of Padmati Hospitals to perform 100 heart surgeries free of cost for the needy, under the project Hridayatalam.

EMGA K P Nagesh elaborated on various aspects of TRF — the fund flow, spendable ­earnings and ways to support the Foundation. Saying that only 20 per cent ­Rotarians and 60 per cent clubs are ­contributing to TRF, he called upon the delegates to rise ­generously to meet the goal of $2.025 billion by 2025.

Shakuntala Raha, ­Manager-International Fundraising, RISAO, explained the features of the new funding model, district and global grants and how the grant ­application from clubs are reviewed and ­processed. ­“Sustainability is the watchword. The project has to continue beyond the years of funding and enhance ­goodwill and international ­understanding,” she said.

PDG Ulhas Kolhatkar felicitates AKS member Gangadhar Iyer.
PDG Ulhas Kolhatkar felicitates AKS member Gangadhar Iyer.

While DG ­Jawarilal Jain, D 3231, spoke on the ‘Joy of giving’, PDG Ulhas ­Kolhatkar, D 3142, gave an ­informative ­presentation on the ­‘Foundation of life’. DRFC Chair and AKS member G A George extolled the privileges of being an AKS member and the happiness and mental satisfaction it gives.

The chief guest lauded the Rotarians for their “wide range of ­projects” that has ­“certainly given new meaning to the lives of several ­underprivileged families” across the State. He launched the concept of pesticide-free rice, an initiative of the district under the name, REAP (Rotary ­Empowered ­Agricultural Product), where the district, under the ­chairmanship of ­Bijumon Kurian and Advisor PDG K P ­Ramachandran Nair, will cultivate organic rice in 136 acres of land.

Two new AKS ­members — Sudhi ­Jabbar of RC Kazhakuttom and Gangadhara Iyer, President of RC Alleppey East — were felicitated at the seminar, in ­addition to 43 Major Donors and some Endowment donors.

 

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