Rotary's fight to end polio continues

Grant Boone
October 24, 2019

Clitheroe and Ribblesdale Rotary Clubs and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world for more than 30 years.

We will be ringing the bell for donations to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

"We'd ask anyone that would to paint a fingernail purple that day and wear it wherever you may be, just as an additional way to raise awareness", Trawick said. After check-in, each person who enters will have a finger painted purple to represent the vaccinations provided to children around the world, because that purple dye represents that they have been vaccinated.

Cheryl Mader of the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club said members will plant hundreds of purple crocuses beginning at 5 p.m. on October 24.

GPEI said, however, that this week's declaration of the end of WPV3 was a "significant milestone", while Carol Pandak, director of Rotary's PolioPlus program, said it proves that a polio-free world is achievable. Great progress has been made against the disease since then. Rotary International is presently working with the governments of these countries to reach every man, woman, and child with the polio vaccine.

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He said "We remain committed to turn around this situation as soon as possible and secure a polio-free country, and a polio-free world".

Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world.

Rotary volunteers have spent many, many hours over years to immunize more than 2,5 billion children in 122 countries, which has eventually decreased the global incidence of polio by a massive 99.9%. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that two-to-one, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. "The Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien is now conducting a fundraising effort to raise an additional $5,000 for this year's effort".

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers that unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe.

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