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
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.
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.
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.
to know more?
Learn more about ending polio for good here
– we can make a difference and end this disease for good https://www.endpolio.org/
To donate, please follow this link https://www.endpolio.org/
****Your donation to the Polio Fund will be tripled by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation ****