Posted by Jim Goit on Oct 21, 2018
 
Oct 24th is World Polio Day.  The End Polio Now campaign, led by Rotary International, raises awareness of what can be done to make polio a disease of the past. This Wed, October 24th , World Polio Day will serve as a timely reminder of what well-funded and well-supported global immunization initiatives can do to fight back against even the most frightening diseases. 
 
So far this year there have been 22 wild Polo cases in two countries in the world.  Still far to many.  However, if we stopped immunization now, it is estimated that within 10 years there would be 200,000 children paralyzed by the disease.  Our contributions help in the battle will help to prevent that.
 
Events such as our Swim for Polio are important to raise funds for the End Polio initiative. Through it and with individual donations by Rotarians our club has contributed $3,402 US this year so far. All donations will be matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so our efforts will be greatly multiplied.
 
It's important that you support the End Polio Now effort and make a contribution to the cause.  Check out the program on the End Polio Now website and help in the battle to end this disease.  We are so close.