The Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown sponsors a project in memory of Rotary International director and club member Curly Galbraith. The Curly Galbraith Global Memorial supports Ugandan AIDS orphans and others living in poverty so they can pursue post-secondary studies.
 
The memorial fund was founded in 2011 by Curly’s wife Doris Galbraith and members of her family. Over the years, district clubs and individual donors have contributed substantially to the memorial fund. So far 45 young people have graduated and are gainfully employed, while another nine are pursing post-secondary studies.
 
One young person employed can be the key life support to his or her entire family, and skilled people are much needed in every area of endeavor. These young people will go on to be leaders in education, health, farming, high tech, the trades and management.
 
Rotarians Ann and Garth Toombs are co-chairs of the project’s overseeing committee. The Calgary committee includes Rotarians David Bromwich, Brian Guichon, Craig Henderson, Carl Smith, and Greg Stevenson.
 
Initially the CGGM raised USD$120,000 to support forty students. While its initial objectives have been met, the memorial fund will continue subject to continued financial support.
 
Three years of university or trade school education in Uganda costs on average USD$3000, including room and board.
 
Three Clubs are involved in supporting the project in Uganda. These are the Rotary Clubs of Kyotera, Kalisizo and Masaka in the southwestern part of the country. The leaders in Uganda are Rotarians Joe Mutajjululwa, the volunteer administrator, along with Francis Kyaluzi, and John Sekaggya. Each club appoints others to join the committee.
 
The Uganda committee receives recommendations from local schools and then selects the students. They mentor them and assist the graduates to find employment or to start their own business. They also encourage students in paying forward for the support they have received, by supporting other young people to go on to further education and to become members of Rotaract.
 
You can support Curly Galbraith Global Memorial donating to the Rotary club of Calgary, noting that your donation is for the CGGM.
 
Cheques can be delivered or Mailed to the Rotary Club of Calgary:
 
Committee member David Bromwich administers the project while Tracy Nelson supports the project at the Calgary office.
 
Please visit the CGGM website www.educatingaidsorphans.org to learn the full story of the Curly Galbraith Global Memorial.