Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world.
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.
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.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary at this month’s International Conference in Atlanta, the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the global eradication of polio.
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.
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.
Since 2006, we have been collecting pocket change in an annual campaign to raise money for polio eradication.
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 Peter Alvarez for coordinating the 2015 Change for Change Campaign that brought in $1,644 for Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund.