The Eradication of Polio
“PolioPlus” is Rotary’s only corporate program, and Rotary believes the Family of Rotary will want to be involved in sharing the legacy of eradicating polio that has caused so much disability and death worldwide.
Rotary International has made it a number-one priority when it began the PolioPlus Program in 1985 as the first and largest internationally-coordinated private sector support of a public health campaign. The program’s goal was to have a polio free world by the year 2000, a goal set in 1988. This did not happen! As a result of the efforts of Rotary International and its global partners over 2 billion children have received oral polio vaccine.
Rotary has received a $100 Million Challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a $3.5 Million Challenge from the Google Foundation. There are others who have and will join in our fight to stamp out this crippling disease.
Each and every Rotary Club is being asked to contribute at least $1,000 annually for the next three years. With the nearly 33,000 clubs around the world this should result in almost a full match of $100 million. These efforts will be a vital catalyst in support of polio eradication, however, more will be needed to finish the job. Rotary, along with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others will continue the fight until the job is done.
What is Boulder City Sunrise Rotary’s part? Sunrise Rotary’s vision for the 2008-2009 year will be to buy into this three year project. First with making our own club aware of polio and the PolioPlus project. Second, a community awareness program and then with fundraising efforts in our immediate club, our family of Rotary and in our community.
Click here for more information about Rotary’s fight to End Polio Now.
(Information has been taken from Rotary Internationals website and other Rotary informational sources.)
Let’s Finish Eradicating Polio NOW!
Each year around the Rotary world, 35,000 new club presidents take over their clubs with one thing on their minds: “What in the heck did I sign up for?!?!?” … “How can I use this single year to further the mission of our club and Rotary?”
As I have pondered this question, my thoughts kept returning to how close we are to accomplishing the largest public health initiative ever undertaken – the eradication of Polio. Since Rotarians took up the cause in 1985, Rotary has raised over $1.7 billion to End Polio Now. We’ve used those funds to reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 in 125 countries (1985) to just 22 cases in 2 countries (2017). You can read much more about what Rotarians have done over the years by CLICKING HERE and CLICKING HERE.
It’s easy to think it might be time to declare victory and move onto something else, but so long as even one case exists in the world, the scourge of Polio could come raging back. We have it on the ropes and it’s time to deliver the fatal blow. I’m asking for your help to do just that. Your donation, in any amount, will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $2 for $1. That means your $25 donation turns into $75, $100 turns into $300 and $500 turns into $1,500!! A $25 donation will be able to protect 125 children FOR LIFE from this crippling disease.
Why the vests? I figure people don’t wear them much anymore so I should garner some interest from people I meet. Plus, my loving and talented wife has agreed to make a unique vest each week for the next year. My pledge to you and every one of my fellow Rotarians is that I will spread the message of End Polio Now each and every Thursday of my Presidency. Come back to this page often to see pictures of me with the vests out in the world and get updates on our progress.
If you fill out the simple form below with your pledge, you’ll then be taken to the official Rotary End Polio Now site where you can enter your credit card information and other info to make your tax deductible donation. If you’d rather donate by check or cash – please email me by CLICKING HERE and I’ll contact you.
Thank you very much for considering a contribution!