Our Guest Speaker at a recent meeting, Area Six Governor, Bruce Whitley, gave us an update on Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign.    "We’re close to eradicating polio, but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunization and surveillance efforts."
The screening of the movie "I Am Woman", raised $1,440, making a total of $2,440 contributed by our Club, so far this fiscal year, to Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign to help get us closer to the finish line.  A huge thank you to all of you who came along to see the movie. If you would like to discover more, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/ending-polio

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

The average cost to fully protect a child against polio is $3.00
430 million children in total vaccinated in 39 countries in 2017
$100 million cost to conduct polio surveillance worldwide