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International Charity Day: Celebrating the countless organisations and individuals making a differen

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The Rotary Club of Claremont understands this well, as part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million people who serve their local communities. The Club receives half of the charitable surplus of funds raised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour and this money is redirected to many charities in the Western and Northern Cape, Namibia and Angola.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 marks International Charity Day. “Charity organisations are powered by passionate, selfless people who sacrifice much to help others. This day serves as a reminder for us to educate ourselves about the non-profit organisations operating in our communities, whether to support youth, the disabled or the elderly, and find ways to support them,” says Dr Malcolm Dodd, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont

A few of the charities and organisations that the Club has provided financial support or partnered with include the Cape Town Association for Persons with Disabilities (CT APD), Bicycling Empowerment Network, Bel Porto School for children with intellectual and physical impairments, Filia School for children with special needs, Christine Revell Children’s Home, St George’s Home for Girls, Butterfly Art Project and Sporting Chance.

Besides investing directly into community projects and organisations, many charities benefit through funding support channelled through other Rotary clubs. Dodd explains: “We distribute funds to other Rotary Clubs in our region, who understand their communities and where the needs are. We can’t begin to detail every single project we have supported. In the past six years over R1.5 million in grants has been allocated to other Clubs, which is a good indication of the extent of the reach we have.”

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 marks International Charity Day. “Charity organisations are powered by passionate, selfless people who sacrifice much to help others. This day serves as a reminder for us to educate ourselves about the non-profit organisations operating in our communities, whether to support youth, the disabled or the elderly, and find ways to support them,” says Dr Malcolm Dodd, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont

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