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Rotary Club of Perth Swimarathon - 2021


Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, polio (poliomyelitis) still strikes children mainly under the age of five in countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.


Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US$0.60 worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. It can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible. In the most severe cases, polio attacks the motor neurons of the brain stem, causing breathing difficulty or even death. Historically, polio has been the world’s greatest cause of disability.

If polio isn’t eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of the disease. More than 10 million children will be paralyzed in the next 40 years if the world fails to capitalize on its US$5 billion global investment in eradication.


Swimarathon 2021


Because of the current COVID Lockdown the indoor pool and Stingray swimming is temporarily suspended. 

Swimarathon is becoming a real marathon.  We will be completing this fundraiser following the Lockdown.

Stay tuned!

Swimarathon has raised more than $1 Million and immunized 1.7 Million children.  Both the Stingrays and Rotarians will be seeking pledge sheet donations for Polio Plus.  Please note that Charitable Tax Receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.  


Download the 2021 Rotary Swimarathon Sponsorship Form.

While anyone is welcome to swim, you do not have to actually jump into the pool to support the cause.  Instead, members of the Perth Stingrays will swim on your behalf to ensure that Perth is part of this global fundraising effort.

Since 1988 there has been a worldwide reduction of Polio cases by 99.9%.  With your help we can eliminate polio globally.

Donate Now to Help Rotary Achieve a Polio-Free World.

If sending a cheque, it should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Perth and mailed to:

PO Box 20072

Perth, Ontario, K7H 3M6.


Receipts for donations of $20 or more will be issued.  You can either mail a cheque to the above address or send an e-Transfer via your banking system.  After doing the e-Transfer, fill in the form below.  The e-Transfer and Receipt information will be verified.  Please do not fill in the form if your donation is less than $20.


Step 1

Via your banking establishment, e-Transfer donations of $20 or more to Bruce Kemp: PerthRotary@gmail.com.  Use the word SWIMARATHON in the comment field then send the payment.  Funds will be deposited directly to the Rotary Club of Perth account and you will receive confirmation whan the funds are deposited.


Step 2

After doing the e-Transfer, plese fill in the form below so that we have the mailing information for your tax receipt.

Swimarathon Donation Form

Thanks for submitting!

There are now only 13 countries with active polio cases:

Guatemala Stove Project

The prime focus of the Guatemala Stove Project is to  build improved cooking stoves for the impoverished Maya in the northwest highlands of Guatemala.  The Rotary Club of Perth has participated in the building of stoves and has provided financing for numerous cooking stoves over the years.


We also provide some bursaries for students, micro loans for families trying to improve their situation and emergency aid in the form of food and shelter during times of natural disasters.

The Guatemala Stove Project was founded in 1999 in response to a request for help from CEDEC, an indigenous non-profit group working in Guatemala’s ‘altiplano’ or Western Highlands. CEDEC identified the need for masonry cook stoves in the communities they serve, but residents lacked the material resources to build such stoves for themselves. In the first year under the guidance of 


mason Don Juan Puac, Perth carpenter Tom Clarke built 6 stoves. Since 1999, Tom and Canadian volunteers working on behalf of the GSP have fundraised for the construction of over 7000 stoves, which were built by local Guatemalan masons. These stoves dramatically improve the health, life expectancy and overall well-being of Maya families, especially women and children who spend the most time indoors around the cooking fire. Since the inception of the project, the GSP has also organized an annual stove-building trip to Guatemala every February for volunteers. 

Ughandan Girls' Education Project

The Rotary Club of Perth, inconjuction with the Rotary Club Ottawa South jointly donated to the Ugandan Girls’ Education Project.


The Ugandan Girls' Education Project is helping to reduce school drop-out rates and promoting educational success amongst the most vulnerable in Uganda.

Investing in girls’ education is one of the best ways to build healthier families, communities and nations, but in Uganda only 22% of girls aged 13 to 18 years old attend school.

Girls in particular face a unique set of barriers that prevent them from attending school regularly – leading to lower secondary school completion rates as compared to their male peers. Poverty, gender bias, early marriage and lack of access to toilets and hygiene supplies during menstruation are just some of the barriers that prevent girls in Uganda from attending school.

The SOS Uganda Girls’ Education Project is helping the most vulnerable girls – those from poor and rural households – succeed in obtaining a quality education by:

  • paying for school fees and supplies to remove financial barriers

  • working with parents to change attitudes around the value of investing in their daughters education

  • providing girls with menstrual hygiene kits to ensure they can attend school regularly

  • counselling girls on vocational paths and opportunities to motivate them to remain in school and strive towards financial independence