End Polio Target Achieved!

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Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), and the rest of the world, have succeeded in raising USD$200 million in new funding for polio eradication.

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to a USD$355 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, set in 2007, which would be given if Rotary had raised USD$200m by June this year. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunisation activities in affected countries where this vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyse children.

In addition to delivering the promised USD$355m challenge, an additional USD$50m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is being committed to the global fight against polio. This brings the total funding to USD$610m for polio eradication.

Rotary members not only reached into their own pockets to support the challenge, they engaged their communities in a variety of creative fundraising projects, such as Thanks for Life and other community based events.  As has been reported previously the Rotary Club of Douglas has engaged with schools on the Island, and the wider local community and has raised some