Disaster Fund: At the start of each year we earmark £500 to enable us to make immediate response to any International disaster. Further funds can be raised at any time, should it be necessary. Some of the specific charities or projects we hope to support during the Rotary year 2017/2018 are as follows:- Embocraft/Phakama community project, Kwa/Zulu Natal. The project is designed to empower the people of an area devastated by poverty. It is based close to the Inanda Dam where the population of 25,000 is exclusively Zulu-speaking, with 88% considered poor. HIV/AIDS is endemic. Embocraft conducts skills training to develop products which can both benefit households and generate income. Those taking part learn to sew both for themselves and their community. The project is actively supported by the local Hillcrest Rotary Club and donated funds from Royston have already been used to purchase industrial electric sewing machines. Rotarians in Hillcrest have been actively involved in Phakama since inception, as has a representative from Royston Rotary Club (David Blundell). Our District 1080 agreed a grant of £500 towards this project and we were runners up for the John Grant Trophy, which is awarded each year in 1080 to the Club which achieves the best and most effective international service project. Our efforts in Kwa/Zulu were recorded by the local Royston Crow newspaper with a half-page feature in May 2017, under the headline Royston Rotarians raise cash to help poor communities in South Africa.Lend With Care: This organisation provides micro-financing to entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries, allowing them to become self-sufficient.. We have invested in over fifty entrepreneurs via Lend With Care during the last five years and will continue to do so. Why not have a look at some of the entrepeneurs our Club has helped via the Lend With Care organisationMercy ships:In recent years the Mercy Shipsfleet have visited hundreds of ports bringing lasting change to millions of lives. The organisation is committed to increasing access to health care throughout the world, serving the poor regardless of race. Its ship, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest charitable floating hospital with five state-of-the-art operating theatres. We have had a presentation by a representative of Mercy Ships during the past year and have made a financial donation to the organisation.Charity Curry NightWe hope to continue the very successful Charity Curry Night to raise money to supply clean water in disaster areas through the use of LifeStraws or similar equipment.