Market col­lect to end Po­lio

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s ‘End Po­lio Now’ cam­paign was a fo­cus at Satur­day’s Ro­tary Market in Drouin, with $100.95 col­lected for this in­ter­na­tional project as part of ‘End Po­lio Month’.

A Soup Saver Din­ner was held for Drouin mem­bers on World Po­lio Day re­cently.

In 1985, Ro­tary launched its ‘Po­lio Plus’ pro­gram, the first ini­tia­tive to tackle global po­lio erad­i­ca­tion through the mass vac­ci­na­tion of chil­dren. And in 1988 the ‘Global Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive’ was es­tab­lished with Ro­tary and key sup­port­ers in­clud­ing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion.

To­day, there are only three coun­tries that have never stopped trans­mis­sion of the wild po­liovirus: Afghanistan, Nige­ria and Pak­istan.

Just 37 po­lio cases were con­firmed world­wide in 2016, which is a re­duc­tion of more than 99.9 per­cent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1000 cases per day. Eleven cases have been re­ported this year.

Ro­tary will raise $50 mil­lion per year over the next three years, with ev­ery dol­lar to be matched with two ad­di­tional dol­lars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion.

These funds help to pro­vide much-needed op­er­a­tional sup­port, med­i­cal per­son­nel, lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment, and ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als for health work­ers and par­ents.

For more in­for­ma­tion and how you can con­trib­ute, visit the web­site www.end­po­ or po­lio­erad­i­ca­ or, speak to a mem­ber of your lo­cal Ro­tary Club.

Ro­tar­i­ans Ian Sy­mons, Tim Wills (also Chair­man of the Ceme­tery Trust), Don Kelly and Roger Play­don, with Bob Vogt (kneel­ing), dur­ing a re­cent work­ing bee.

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