Why give to The Rotary Foundation?


Written by: Brian King

Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,

Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.

My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.

It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.

Only this & nothing more.

Ah, but this child I did not know, as she pained & suffered so.
Would not someone else see she was not left upon that dirty floor?
Rapidly my fear turned to sorrow for this child may have no tomorrow.
She was just another crawler, helpless & always to be poor.

Leaving it to someone else, leaves her on that dirty floor.

Nameless & alone for ever more.

More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.

Poverty, illness, hunger & so many victims of conflict & war.

So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.

No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.

No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.

Darkness there & nothing more.

Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?

“Sir,” said I, “or Madam,” truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, help end this chilling tale if you dare,

help those in great despair, in our backyard & on another shore.

‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.

And change the life of a child–forevermore!

And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
giving every year $100 and even more.
And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; & dreaming;

their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for,

shall be lifted–forever & ever more!

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