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Rotary Foundation chairman Robert S. Scott, who was in Chennai on Saturday to talk to local Rotary Club members. —
Rotary Foundation chairman Robert S. Scott, who was in Chennai on Saturday to talk to local Rotary Club members. —

Staff Reporter

Rotary Foundation Chairman visits city

CHENNAI: Rotary Foundation chairman Robert S. Scott reminded local Rotary Clubs on Saturday that polio eradication had been a dream that they were slowly realising. India is one of the four countries in the world where polio cases continue to occur, he said, urging them to continue giving time and money for the cause.

Later, he said that Rotarians had contributed over 650 million dollars towards this cause over the years. The ‘free labour’ of several volunteers in these four nations could not be given monetary value.

The organisation is involved in projects aimed at improving the quality of water, literacy, eradicating hunger and protecting the environment.

Rotary was becoming involved in other initiatives as well, he said, talking about the ‘Peace is Possible’ programme that was sending scholars from various countries to foreign countries, including strife-torn ones.

Local representatives of Rotary International said that local clubs had helped to rebuild infrastructure in over 100 schools, provide vocational training to several thousands of women and perform more than a million cataract surgeries for the people in need.

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