Rotary Foundation Projects


Rotary Foundation is organised as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The operations of Rotary International, a member organisation, are overseen by its Board of Directors.

Every Rotarian Every Year contributes $100 to the Rotary Foundation. Rather like making an investment into a fund for the financing of community based projects both locally and globally. The club raises these funds locally. Makes the investment and reaps the benefits through applications for Global and District grants to do projects either locally or together with other rotary clubs beyond our borders. (2017 – 2018 budget R30,000)

Polio Plus

The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon makes contributions to the Rotary Foundation specifically for Polio Plus, a Rotary International project executed in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to eradicate Polio from the face of our earth. For every $1 invested in Polio Plus by Rotary, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invests $2 to support this project that has been running for some 30 years and is nearing success, with endemic Polio only yet to be eradicated in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Edenvale Child Welfare

Originally called the Edenvale Child and Family Welfare Society, the organisation was established in the mid-1950s to supplement and support the work of the then National and Provincial Departments of Social Welfare. For many years its focus was to help families in need, due to the loss of jobs, loss of one or more parents, or alcoholism. The organisation provided food, clothing, legal advice and temporary accommodation, if required.

As Edenvale changed over the years so has the organisation. From 1994 it was nominated as the official NGO tasked with handling social welfare matters in Edenvale and surrounding areas by the South African Government. The organisation’s work is mainly amongst families and children ‘at risk’, most of whom are referred by the SAPS, teachers or parents.

Edenvale Child Welfare’s programmes include the following:

  • A community outreach programme involving social workers periodically in attendance at five primary schools in Edenvale for consultation.
  • Pinocchio Educare Centre, a low cost day care provider for children of low income families for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age.

To learn more about this charity or to offer assistance or donations, please visit

Global Handwashing Partnership

Rotary has partnered with others in the project known as the “Global Handwashing  Partnership” and highlighted annually through the Global Handwashing day on 15th October 2017 promotes healthy living and the prevention of disease through the habit of handwashing with soap. Learn More >


The Global Handwashing Partnership is a coalition that brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of the public and private sectors around the world to promote handwashing with soap. We recognize hygiene as a pillar of international development and health as an easy, effective, and affordable “do-it-yourself vaccine” that prevents infections and saves lives. More Information  >


We help practitioners harness the latest research and thinking about handwashing and behavior change by sharing information about key topics in handwashing, developing education modules, hosting webinars and publishing quarterly handwashing research summaries. Start Learning >


The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon promotes hand washing during their annual participation in Rotary Familye Health Days.