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Rotary clubs attempting to eradicate polio; donations needed

Oct 24, 2017

Rotary members in Fairfield are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day, today, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio — a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Look for the donation boxes at the grocery stores and local banks or give a donation to a local Fairfield Rotary member.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 11 cases in 2017.

To sustain the progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

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