COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon **Changed to May 2nd**

Rotary International is pleased to share with you that we are championing a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster relief. This telethon will be simulcast on all Rotary International social channels and is anticipated to reach more than 100-thousand viewers with a goal of raising more than $1-million dollars.
Rotary’s 1.2-milion members across the globe have taken swift action. More than $3-million dollars from Rotary’s Disaster Relief Fund has already been put into action on the frontlines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our People of Action - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.
The Telethon date is **Saturday, May 2, 2020** (NOTE NEW DATE), 10:00am US Central Daylight Time (Chicago, Illinois). The telethon will also showcase how our Polio infrastructure is helping to combat COVID-19 in real time.
We will hear stories of hope from Rotarians across the globe as they share with us what they are doing to help their communities. We will hear stories of inspiration from Rotaract, Interact and friends of Rotary.
Our request: We are asking for your participation in either the form of a short ten to fifteen second video or a tweet on the day of the event at #RotaryResponds and @Rotary. These videos will provide hope, gratitude, and inspire our members. This does not need to be professionally packaged, we expect that you can simply record this on your iPad or phone. You will then send it via the instructions below.
If you would prefer to tweet then we would ask that you tweet during the broadcast time. We would appreciate learning of your message in advance so that we are ready to share this during the broadcast.
How to record your video message:
  • Your tone should be caring and hopeful, our goal is to comfort and to inspire.
  • Please use the language of your choice, Rotarians are in 200 nations around the world, and the telethon will simulcast in 8 languages.
  • Use your iPad or phone to record your message.
  • Please record in landscape (hold the device horizontally not vertically).
  • Due to the very tight timeline, we are asking for files by Tuesday, April 28th.
Please select one of these options:
Option 1: I want to add my voice to say thank you Rotarians. What you are doing is saving lives. 
Option 2: Your leadership is helping to ensure that lives are saved. Thank you.
Option 3: Rotarians, thank you for connecting the world and for taking care of your neighbours. 
Option 4: Thank you Rotarians for helping to stop COVID-19. You are truly people of action. 
Option 5: Your own message
How to submit your video:
  • Upload your video via using as the recipient.
  • Please do not email the file, as email reduces the quality.
  • Questions may be directed to Rotary International Trustee Jennifer Jones at
Thank you for your participation and your leadership.