We celebrate the successful thirty year program to end Polio, a major initiative where Rotary International has partnered with the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate this disease.
Each year, we contribute funds towards Disaster Aid Australia. In 2016, the club has already sent funds to support the people of Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. In addition the Club supports the SkyHydrant programme which provides clean water to communities.
Jumpers for Africa
A small and dedicated group of knitters in Foster make jumpers for children in Africa and using the Rotary network, these are forwarded to several countries in Africa.
We participate in Rotary programs to develop leadership skills and promote world peace and understanding. This year, we have a student on exchange in Canada through the Youth Exchange Program.
The Club also supports the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) and work with our local schools to invite applicants for Science and leadership programs throughout the year.
Interested young people may contact the President or secretary for more information about Rotary programs for youth.
Promontory Produce and Craft Markets
The markets are the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Foster. Held six times a year, the markets are located at the Foster Showgrounds featuring over 200 stalls. The Market celebrated its 40th birthday on 30 December 2018.
The club works in partnership with the Toora Lions Club under the management of the Market Committee. All funds raised are divided between the two clubs and used to support the local community and humanitarian projects.
The Rotary Train is a feature of the markets, taking hundreds of children for a ride around the football oval and raising money for local organisations supporting children and youth. For the past two years the funds have been used to buy books for the parents of new-born babies at South Gippsland Hospital - the books have been written by note local children's author Alison Lester.