Ro­tary push to elim­i­nate po­lio

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Chron­i­cle read­ers can do their bit next week to help the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata erad­i­cate po­lio world­wide.

Un­til it is erad­i­cated, po­lio is sim­ply a plane ride away from these shores.

Ev­ery post of­fice in New Zealand will have Ro­tar­i­ans out­side be­tween 11am and 1pm next Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 25, and Mata­mata will be no dif­fer­ent.

The Ro­tar­i­ans will be col­lect­ing do­na­tions to help them in the fi­nal push to­wards rid­ding the world of this crip­pling and of­ten fa­tal dis­ease.

While Oc­to­ber 24 is World Po­lio Day, with clubs world­wide con­duct­ing aware­ness-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that day, the Labour Week­end hol­i­day will see New Zealand Ro­tar­i­ans mount their cam­paign the fol­low­ing day.

Since 1985, Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has con­trib­uted more than $1 bil­lion and count­less vol­un­teer hours to the pro­tec­tion of more than two bil­lion chil­dren in 122 coun­tries.

The dis­ease re­mains en­demic in four coun­tries – Afghanistan, In­dia, Nige­ria and Pak­istan.

The Bill and Amanda Gates Foun­da­tion has con­trib­uted a US$355 mil­lion chal­lenge grant to the in­ter­na­tional ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion with Ro­tary need­ing to do its part by rais­ing US$200m by June 2012.

‘‘ We are close to reach­ing that goal with $185 mil­lion raised to date,’’ District Gov­er­nor Raewyn Kirkman said.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to raise $10,000 in our district (9930) alone next week.’’

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