Rotary International is one of the world’s largest service organizations. Today, it has become one of the most prominent service organizations with over 30,000 clubs in more than 166 countries. On October 16, 2013, the Tomah Rotary Club hosted the “Turn Wine into Water” international wine tasting fundraiser in order to collect funds for new clean water projects and initiatives in developing nations. The funds collected at this event were given to developing villages in Uganda.

This event alone helped the Rotary Club raise over $32,000 towards the clean water initiative in Uganda. According to reports led by the club, Uganda has little to no running water, or electricity. In addition, access to education is very limited. Jenny Parker, a member of the rotary club has even stated that “the sanitation conditions in Uganda are tragic.” She has also said that children in Uganda “will spend four to six hours a day collecting dirty water over steep terrain.” Because of these harsh living conditions, the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets of children die each day.

According to reports, just one donation can affect as many as 20 children, or one child for 20 years. The club has estimated that $60 alone can save up to three children. The fundraiser held this past week raised around $1,600, which helped give Ugandan children clean water for about a year. Although we cannot save the entire world all at once, it is efforts like these that make the world a better place. According to reports, organizations like these give entire communities access to clean water. Thanks to the rotary club, clean water conditions in remote areas are becoming a thing of the past. As Parker stated, “For many diseases we do not have a cure, for this disease, we do have the cure: clean water.”

– Stephanie Olaya

Sources: Lacrosse Tribune, Tomah Rotary
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