Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge for Polio Eradication.
Our aim is to eradicate polio everywhere in the world. After 20 years of hard work Rotary and its partners are on the brink of ridding the world of this tenacious disease. Rotary is looking to raise $200 million to match the $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will go directly to support immunization campaigns in countries where polio continues to infect and paralyse children.
Today only 4 countries still suffer from the scourge of Polio (India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan) with less than 2,000 cases reported annually. But until the disease is eliminated entirely, it can quickly spread again.. Since 1985 Rotarians have helped to immunize over 2 billion children and we now have an historic opportunity to finish the job!
more To mark World Polio Day our Club held a special lunch on 22nd October at which we put on show 2 Iron Lungs and also unveiled the football strips which the Ellan Vannin team will wear endorsing the End Polio campaign. Two iconic buildings were lit purple.
more Douglas Primary School, Scoill yn Jubilee raised funds for End Polio by holding a cake sale and Dress Purple Day. Thanks to the hard work of the cake bakers and the enthusiasm of the staff, pupils and their families £890 was raised - fantastic.
more Following the granting of matching funding from the IOM Government Overseas Aid Committee, a Press Release has been issued to local media. The Press Release can be seen under 'News' on manx.net and hopefully will appear in the newspapers and on radio.
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more Club members (together with some additional family members) made collections in the Strand Shopping Centre and outside Shoprite/Iceland in Market Street from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm as part of End Polio Day. A total of £400 was collected - a great effort!
back The focus of TFL is the End Polio Now campaign.