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Child in India receiving polio vaccination
POLIO PLUS – We are “this close”
Polio eradication was an initiative of Rotary International President Clem Renouf (1978–79), from the Rotary Club of Nambour in
But the job is not yet complete. At the Lisbon Convention in June 2013 a new 2 for 1 pledge was announced that the Gates Foundation would match up to $35M through to 2018.
Rotary’s advocacy efforts with both endemic and donor country governments have maintained the dream of a polio free world for the past 29 years and brought polio to the brink of eradication, having committed over US$1.2 billion to the program. We are “this close”.
So we must not give up, nor stop raising funds till the disease is eradicated.
In 2014–15 each Club is asked to make a contribution to the End Polio Now Program. One way is to join Rotarians around the world to by organising the “World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio” This initiative, set up to help raise funds while having food and fun is a joint project of the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise, D9550, Australia and the Rotary Club of Hounslow, D1140, England. By May 2014, over 300 events in 33 countries had raised US$198,825.90. With matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that total rises to $596,477.70. This translates to 1,000,000 polio vaccinations!
So why not arrange an event this Rotary year? Events can be big or small —simple or lavish dinners, street BBQs, special collections in place of regular dinner meals, raffles or auctions. Use your imagination.
By joining together in a world-wide event you can enjoy international fellowship via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Meal2endpolio. All monies collected go straight to Foundation/ End Polio account with full credit to your Club.
Register your event at http://wgmeal.com .
Bill Gates “As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children — wherever they live — remain at risk. The stakes are that high.”
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