Rotary and IMPACT in Partnership

The logo of Rotary International in Great Britain and IrelandIMPACT was founded by the late Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, Sir John Wilson CBE DL, in the early 1980s and has had close links with Rotary ever since.

Thanks to the generous support of Rotarians and others, the Lifeline Express hospital train in India remains on the rail tracks, taking medical care and surgery to remote rural communities where every day, impoverished people become disabled for lack of treatment.

The Lifeline Express’ old coaches were well-used and becoming unsafe to operate so Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland stepped in to help us renovate and equip five brand new coaches which had been donated by the Indian Ministry of Railways and saved this special service.

We are truly grateful to Clubs and Districts which have not only supported the Lifeline Express but so many of our other projects including the ‘Jibon Tari’ floating hospital in Bangladesh; establishing school bakeries to feed hungry children in The Philippines; providing safe water in Africa and Nepal; equipping health workers with Optyse© ophthalmoscopes in Cambodia, Kenya, India and The Philippines; providing a mobile clinic and restoring children’s sight in India; providing essential medical equipment for operating theatres in many countries; and in countless other ways.

However, the need for our vital work remains great..

How you and your Club can help

  • Raise money to purchase medical equipment, fund operations to restore sight, movement or hearing
  • Join together with other Clubs in your District to sponsor a whole project to ‘take the hospital to the people’
  • Spread the word about our work by giving talks to other Clubs in your area
  • Volunteer your skills ( surgeons in certain specialisms and other medical professionals are often needed  – get in touch for more details)
  • Get in touch with your ideas – we would love to hear from you  01444 457080 or


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I was delighted when the District Governors in RIBI for 2006/2007 adopted IMPACT as one of their preferred projects. My history with Sir John and Lady Wilson goes back many years when I was both Club and District International Chairman, and involved with eye camps in India.Today IMPACT has grown, and is not only restoring sight, movement or hearing to many, but giving medical help to those who are unable to get to a medical centre.

The IMPACT federation crosses many boundaries with a train running through India, plus education and medical centres in Nepal, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and parts of East Africa”.

Peter L. Offer, President 2006-2007, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland