Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
© Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
In addition to the projects that come under the Five Avenues of Service, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty also undertakes some larger projects. Following are some major projects that are current or that we have undertaken in recent years: Food Empowerment of Kenyan Farm Women Big Brothers Big Sisters Syrian refugees North Korea Orphanage The Legacy Gardens PEI Family Violence Prevention Services School Construction in Cameroon New $87K PEI project to benefit women in Kenya launched by Rotary Clubs and Farmers Helping Farmers

“Service Above Self”

Syrian refugees

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has pledged $10,000 to the Interfaith Group,of churches,towards sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family. The group has the resources to sponsor 3 families at present so the pledge will facilitate sponsoring a fourth facility, should the opportunity arise.

Major Projects

School Construction in Ngarum, Cameroon

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is very proud of the fact that it makes a difference for not only people on the Island, but through Islanders it also has a positive impact on people around the world. The club’s largest international project is a result of a partnership with honourary club member Sr. Noreen MacDonald CND of St. Peters’ Bay, PEI, to improve educational opportunities at her various (post-retirement) postings in Africa. Most recently, the club has made a $70,000 donation for the people of the isolated region of N'garum, Cameroon, to realize a dream: a shiny new high school where their children can be educated in a way that will build not only their own skills but will also raise the living standards of the whole region. This school, including the all-important well, was built in the remote community completely by hand, and can serve 300 students. It opened in the fall of 2011, and Sr. Noreen told the club during an August visit, “You made a miracle happen.” The club contributed the cost of materials, while the actual construction was done by local people, through mostly volunteer work.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty meets every Wednesday morning at 07:15 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Development Officer - July, 2013

Over the course of the 2012/13 Rotary year the committee developed a three year funding project (value of $90,000.), through which Rotary would subsidize a new position within the current staff structure of PEIFVPS. Whereas this organization has had to raise approximately 10% of their operating budget each year, it was felt that both volunteers and staff were having to spend too much time seeking funds and therefore taking valuable manpower away from their main task at hand. Taking the "teach a man to fish" philosophy, the creation of a full time Development Coordinator position for PEIFVPS would result in financial stability for the organization as well as more focused efforts on behalf of other staff and Board members with the major issues that they are dealing with. It's not very often that a PEI service club makes such a substantial contribution to another organization. In fact, Rotary is quite proud of the fact that this is a highly innovative approach to helping another organization. In the words of past President Lewie Creed, "as Rotarians we can be very proud of making a difference in promoting peace in families and providing hope to children who are most affected by this recurring phenomenon."

The Legacy Gardens

The Legacy Garden is a project of The Farm Centre that was started in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the 1864 conference in Charlottetown that led to the Confederation of Canada. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty contributed funds to sponsor elevated garden beds in the Legacy Garden that would make it easier for seniors and disabled people to be able to grow vegetables.

North Korea Orphanage

In March of 2016, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, along with other Rotary and Rotaract clubs has contributed to a hot water system project for an orphanage in Pyongyang, North Korea. The project is to provide a solar panel water heater system and associated equipment and materials in order to allow for a consistent, environmentally friendly method of producing hot water which is a commodity seldom available to the 550 orphans residing there. It should also be noted that personal hygiene is a critical factor in eliminating the spread of disease in such institutions and with hot water and hand soap available for bathing, this will go a long way in helpingthe children acquire the educational background and health practicces needed to avoid many such diseases. Currently these children only have acess to a minimum abount o fhot water for about two months of the year. The current project will provide hot water year around. The project will also provide a year's supply of hand soap for each orphan as well as for staff members, particularly those involved with food preparation. The RCCR's commitment is $6,000 toward this project.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has pledged $90,000 to Big Brothers and Sisters. This will allow them, to run, for three years, a Teen Mentoring program. Teens in high school will be matched with elementary students to give the younger student a mentor and role model. It is hoped through this initiative that more younger students will both get a positve experience in school, stay longer, read more, and help both students with increased self esteem. 

New $87K PEI project to benefit women in Kenya launched by Rotary Clubs                

and Farmers Helping Farmers

A new three year project, entitled Food Empowerment of Kenyan Farm Women, is being launched by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty on PEI and Farmers Helping Farmers. The project will help women in Nkubu, Kenya, become self sustaining through the purchase of gardening tools, water storage tanks, and, just as important, training in the growing of vegetable crops for use and sale. The Nkubu Project has the financing in place and work will start very soon. Rotary club member Winston Johnston, a lifetime achievement member of Farmers Helping Farmers spent three years getting this project started and approved. "A big congratulations needs to go to Winston for getting this project up and running," said Tom Campbell of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty,  the sponsor club.  "This is a Rotary International Global Grant, which means Rotarians around the world are supporting the initiative."  This project is being managed by the Rotary Club of Nkubu, Kenya. This project has evolved from an earlier Rotary project in Kenya which evaluated the vegetable production methods which will be applied to this new project.  "The previous district project was very successful with significant enthusiasm shown by the Kenyan farm women," said Winston Johnston. Farmers Helping Farmers will provide the project with their resources and technical expertise, primarily with their experienced trainers already on the ground in Kenya. "Food empowerment refers to the empowerment of farm women  to increase their knowledge and skills to produce, store, manage or use, and to sell foods surplus to family needs."  "The goal is to empower women in Kenya for economic gain to be able to sell food surplus to fulfill daily needs, and to pay school fees to educate their children for a positive future.  "The women farmers will be active participants of the project by taking part in all aspects of the work.” Campbell said.  The Rotary Clubs of Charlottetown Royalty, Hillsborough, Summerside, Kentville, Wolfville-Mudcreek, Rotary District of 7820 (PEI, NS, NL, and St. Pierre & Miquelon) and Rotary International are all contributing to the $87,900 project.    You too can support the work of Farmers Helping Farmers in Kenya by attending the Annual Beef Barbecue at the Harrington Research Station this Saturday August 11th. For more details, please visit www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca For more information on the new project in Kenya: Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Tom Campbell  (902-394-4738) -  tom@afj.life Farmers Helping Farmers, Teresa Mellish – ktm.mellish@pei.sympatico.ca / Winston Johnston – winston.johnston@pei.sympatico.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
© Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
In addition to the projects that come under the Five Avenues of Service, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty also undertakes some larger projects. Following are some major projects that are current or that we have undertaken in recent years: Food Empowerment of Kenyan Farm Women Big Brothers Big Sisters Syrian refugees North Korea Orphanage The Legacy Gardens PEI Family Violence Prevention Services School Construction in Cameroon New $87K PEI project to benefit women in Kenya launched by Rotary Clubs and Farmers Helping Farmers

Major Projects

Syrian refugees

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has pledged $10,000 to the Interfaith Group,of churches,towards sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family. The group has the resources to sponsor 3 families at present so the pledge will facilitate sponsoring a fourth facility, should the opportunity arise.
North Korea Orphanage  In March of 2016, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, along with other Rotary and Rotaract clubs has contributed to a hot water system project for an orphanage in Pyongyang, North Korea. The project is to provide a solar panel water heater system and associated equipment and materials in order to allow for a consistent, environmentally friendly method of producing hot water which is a commodity seldom available to the 550 orphans residing there. The Legacy Gardens The Legacy Garden is a project of The Farm Centre that was started in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the 1864 conference in Charlottetown that led to the Confederation of Canada. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty contributed funds to sponsor elevated garden beds in the Legacy Garden that would make it easier for seniors and disabled people to be able to grow vegetables. PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Development Officer - July, 2013 Over the course of the 2012/13 Rotary year the committee developed a three year funding project (value of $90,000.), through which Rotary would subsidize a new position within the current staff structure of PEIFVPS. Whereas this organization has had to raise approximately 10% of their operating budget each year, it was felt that both volunteers and staff were having to spend too much time seeking funds and therefore taking valuable manpower away from their main task at hand. Taking the "teach a man to fish" philosophy, the creation of a full time Development Coordinator position for PEIFVPS would result in financial stability for the organization as well as more focused efforts on behalf of other staff and Board members with the major issues that they are dealing with.

Survival Centre for Youth

February, 2012 - Press release of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty made a four-year $100,000 commitment of support for the Survival Centre for Youth, operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown. The Survival Centre is a free drop-in program open to young people aged 16-29 who are essentially on their own, and who may find themselves financially strapped, transient, homeless, in need of help in acquiring employment, or who are generally in need of support. The centre is run by a trained youth worker and operates five nights a week from 5:50 - 9:00 pm. "We see a critical need in our community for services for youth who may find themselves on their own, without supports, and who need help," said Lewie Creed, president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. "The Survival Centre offers these young people 'a port in the storm' when they may most need one and we are pleased to be able to support it."
Teen Centre at the Confederation Centre Library The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the Confederation Centre Public Library to create an inviting area designed especially for Island teenagers. This re-imagined space features resources specifically aimed at teens, who are growing up in a world where technology is at their fingertips.   The official opening of the Teen Cenre took place on October 11, 2012. St. Jeans Elementary School Playground Equipment - January 2012 The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the St. Jean Home and School Association in a major upgrade of the Charlottetown school’s playground. The 20-year old equipment at the downtown school was removed in 2011 for safety reasons, save for two lonely sets of swings.   The play area is used by over 150 students daily, as well as by hundreds of families throughout the area. Rotary members were an active part of the planning committee for the playground, and the Club sponsored a major gala fundraiser for the project in March, 2012-- Back to School…For Fun This Time! -- which featured many St. Jean alumni.

Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has been a major sponsor of the Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors. This dynamic troupe, which has been brightening winter days for Prince Edward Island seniors since 2005, mounts a high quality professional musical production annually which tours seniors facilities across the Island in February and March.

School Construction in Ngarum, Cameroon

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is very proud of the fact that it makes a difference for not only people on the Island, but through Islanders it also has a positive impact on people around the world. The club’s largest international project is a result of a partnership with honourary club member Sr. Noreen MacDonald CND of St. Peters’ Bay, PEI, to improve educational opportunities at her various (post-retirement) postings in Africa. The club made a $70,000 donation for the people of the isolated region of N'garum, Cameroon, to realize a dream: a shiny new high school where their children can be educated in a way that will build not only their own skills but will also raise the living standards of the whole region.