Local rotary club celebrates 'World Polio Day' by spreading awareness

Decorah Rotary Club is doing its part to help eradicate polio by organizing "Dine out for Polio" on World Polio Day, Tuesday, Oct. 24. "This Close", indicating how close the organization's efforts are to successfully ridding the world of Polio.




The Rotary Club of Lagos Island, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Lekki Local Council primary health centre marked the World Polio Day yesterday at market places, sensitizing the public on the importance of vaccination, towards achieving a polio-free world. People around the world can view the livestream of the event at endpolio.org/worldpoliodayon October 24 at 2:30 p.m. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined GPEI as a major supporter in 2007, donating almost $3 billion to polio eradication efforts, Gates Foundation spokeswoman Rachel Lonsdale told CNBC. Rotarians and students who took part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference were also at the Knoxville HyVee, Fareway, and Walmart entrances raising money and bringing awareness to the community for Ending Polio Now. The number of cases has dropped since Rotary started the fight by 99.9%! Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion - including matching funds from the Gates Foundation - and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio.

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