The Rotary Club of Hamilton will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease
Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – 24 Oct.
Hamilton, Ontario (24 Oct. 2017)] – Rotary members in Hamilton are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
The Rotary Club of Hamilton and its members will be conducting an education campaign today using social their media partners, social media and their website www.rotaryclubhamilton.ca to mark World Polio Day. In addition, on Thursday October 26th, the speaker at their lunch meeting will be the CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Mr. Rob MacIssac. The lunch takes place at Noon at the Lincoln Alexander Centre.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985, including $100,000 contributed by the Rotary Club of Hamilton
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.