How Close is Close Enough?

Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of governments, health workers, donors and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending the disease, the highly contagious virus has now been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  There have been only five cases to date in 2017.  […]

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Global Health Leaders Commit US$1.2 Billion to Polio Eradication

On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio.  This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.  Along with global health leaders from around the […]

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We Are THIS CLOSE!

Since 1985, Rotary International, through its PolioPlus program, has been working tirelessly alongside the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and a host of other volunteers to eradicate polio.  The End Polio Now campaign’s slogan is that we are “this close” but still have to keep fighting the fight until there are no more cases of polio anywhere.  At this year’s Rotary International Convention in […]

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District 6860 Donates $100,000 to PolioPlus

Celebrating its 100th anniversary at this month’s International Conference in Atlanta, the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the global eradication of polio. Our District Governor (DG) Gary Andrew and his wife, Joann, had the honor of presenting our district’s contribution of $100,000 for PolioPlus to Rotary International President John Germ.  DG Gary said it was “the highlight of our Rotary year.”  Madison Rotarians are proud to be a part of this international campaign […]

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National Immunization Days Help End Polio Now

At our weekly meeting last Thursday, we welcomed District Governor-Nominee Bill Petty from the Tuscaloosa Morning Club as he shared his story of participating in the National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India.  During the annual NIDs, thousands of volunteers and health workers, together with Rotary and Rotaract members, canvas the streets throughout the country in search of children to immunize.  They travel from house to house knocking on doors in farm towns, rural villages, […]

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Rotary and Our Partners Join Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Along with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, Madison Rotarians are committed to continue the fight begun in 1985 to eradicate polio.  We contribute to the PolioPlus Fund with annual donations and our participation in our own Change for Change Campaign. This fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & […]

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The Change for Change Campaign

Since 2006, we have been collecting pocket change in an annual campaign to raise money for polio eradication.  It may have started as loose pocket change, but through this campaign, we have donated almost $40,000 to Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program.  With each vaccine costing just $.60, our C4C Campaign has raised enough money to immunize over 66,000 children!  And like most everything else we do in Rotary, we turn service into fellowship.  Each year, […]

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Change for Change Campaign 2016: Winner Joe Kemp

President Sandy Patel (l.) congratulates Rotarian Joe Kemp for winning the 11th annual Change for Change Campaign with his “pocket change” of $390.  Thanks to the generous match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our contributions this year immunized 14,000 children!  Congratulations Joe and thanks to everyone who participated.

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Change for Change 2015 Winner: Amy Thompson

Thanks to Peter Alvarez for coordinating the 2015 Change for Change Campaign that brought in $1,644 for Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund.  In first place this year — and recipient of the club’s $100 matching funds — was Amy Thompson with her contribution of $177.39.  With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s match, this brings Amy’s total to $532,17 — or 887 vaccines — and 8220 vaccines for the club.  Our congratulations to Amy for […]

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