Support World Polio Day October 24 2021

Support World Polio Day October 24 2021

21 October 2021

The end of polio is within reach - and with your help we can eliminate it.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Its goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

What is polio?

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

Why this is a cause close to our hearts

Steve Halbert and Jon Steward are members of Dalkeith Rotary Club. They’re championing World Polio Day on October 24. Rotary clubs across the world will use fundraisers and unique events as an opportunity to raise awareness and critical funds for the End Polio program. The organisation has committed to raising $50 million per year directly for eradication efforts.

Want to know more?

Learn more about ending polio for good here – we can make a difference and end this disease for good

Want to donate?

To donate, please follow this link

****Your donation to the Polio Fund will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ****