Hyderabad, Jul 14: Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan (RCHD) a primary wing of Rotary District 3150, India, donated Rs 1.75 crore to the Rotary Foundation.
Contributed by its members, the cheque was formally presented to the Rotary Foundation on the occasion of taking oath of its President, Rtn Sailesh Gumidelli for the year 2019-20.
Mr Sailesh Gumideli, immediately after swearing in, as President of RCHD, presented a cheque along with major donors to District Governor Rtn Sivanarayana Rao. The installation function was held here on Saturday night.
An amount of Rs 1.75 crore is a very large donation and biggest amongst all clubs in South Asia, outgoing president Rtn Uday Pilani commented.
Rtn. Uday Pilani, who took over as the Club’s Rotary Foundation Committee Chairman said, “On behalf of Rotary Foundation, I thank all our Donors that have contributed generously towards the foundation. My aim is to cross USD 500,000 in the current year and this is a good beginning. Last year, we contributed USD 270,000 and this year we hope to double the amount, he added.
RCHD is a 30 years old club and adjudged as the best club in the Rotary District. It provides free dialysis to 10,000 patients every year translating into the value of Rs 2.5 crore per annum. It recently donated Flow Cytometer to Basavatharakam Cancer hospital costing Rs 66 lakh and saving 400 lives of Cancer ridden children, Mr Gumideli while giving his acceptance speech immediately after he was installed as new President, said.
The theme of the Rotary International for this year is “Rotary Connects the world”. And our RCHD’s theme is “RCHD Reconnects the world”, Mr Sailesh said.
The RCHD President, himself is a major donor to the Foundation, outlined the plans for the year which include expansion of the Dialysis Centre at Secunderabad Gurudwara along with a Medical Diagnosis centre, Major Foray into improving Literacy in Schools all over Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and improving the existing projects done by the Club and many more.
Rotary in India spends Rs 100 crore every year through its Rotary Foundation’s International Grant. Indian Rotary is the second biggest in the world in its contribution to Rotary Foundation. This year alone Indian Rotarians have contributed USD 18 million, he said.
The Glitzy ceremony included Rotarians of the Club along with the District Governor Rtn Sivanarayana Rao and the Chief Guest M Jagadeeshwar IAS, Principal Secretary Woman & Child Development Telangana State. (UNI)