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2574Ride To End Polio raises more than US$730,000

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  • dg1011rotary3080
    Dec 20, 2013

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      Subject: Ride To End Polio raises more than US$730,000

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      December 2013
      Ride to End Polio Raises US$730,000

      Seventy Rotarian cyclists took part in Rotary District 5500's Ride to End Polio in Arizona on 23 November, raising US$730,000 in contributions and pledges for polio eradication. RI General Secretary John Hewko was among the Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and family members who participated in the event, which was part of El Tour de Tuscon, a charity bike ride that drew 9,000 cyclists from around the world. RI World Headquarters staff in Evanston, Illinois, also joined Hewko in a parallel effort -- Miles to End Polio -- raising more than US$14,000 through biking, walking, or other wellness activities. Through the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign, funds will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and generate over 2.1 million for polio eradication.

      Rotary and Brazilian government to work together for polio eradication

      Rotary, the government of Brazil, and the Pan American Health Organization signed a Declaration of Commitment and Collaboration toward the goal of a Polio-Free World at a symposium on strategies for eradicating the disease in São Paulo on 12 November. "The document highlights the importance of technical support and the exchange of experiences to support countries that are still fighting against the disease, and the need for continued financial and political commitment by the global community until the world is certified polio free," says PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak, who gave a presentation on Rotary's behalf.

      Rotary members in District 4420 also announced their commitment to donate 40 percent of their District Designated Funds to PolioPlus. Through the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign, these funds will be matched $.50 per dollar by the World Fund and 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which will generate US$250,000, for polio eradication.

      GAVI Alliance supports introduction of inactivated polio vaccine
      The GAVI Alliance will begin supporting the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) as part of routine immunization programs in the world's 73 poorest countries. The alliance is a public-private partnership focused on increasing access to immunization. Phasing in IPV while reducing the use of oral polio vaccine is an important part of the polio endgame plan.

      Activities roundup

      Rotary members in the United Kingdom have raised more than US$225,000 since Rotary's anniversary on 23 February through sales of purple fabric crocus boutonnieres. They've also distributed information about polio and the global eradication effort to 7,500 children in 250 schools.

      The former president of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde-Girogis, received the Rotary International Polio Eradication Champion Award in November. Girma led Ethiopia to become polio free during his last five years in office. Ezra Teshome, governor of District 5030 (Washington, USA), presented the honor after participating with North American Rotary members in Ethiopia's National Immunization Days.

      The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, Washington, USA, raised $3,000 through a photo contest.

      The Rotary Club of Scottburgh, South Africa, netted almost $1,500 through a dinner and an auction. 

      "Paint for Polio" sponsored by District 5510 (Arizona, USA) at a Scottsdale art studio raised about $700. Seven-year-old Maddie Kasten, who was adopted from China and has polio, came up with the idea for the event.

      Rotary in the news

      Read a Time magazine story about polio in Pakistan and the link to cases in Syria, including a quote by Pakistan PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon.

      Read a Voice of America story about the 50 percent decrease in polio cases in Nigeria, including a quote by national PolioPlus coordinator Kemi Lawanson.

      Listen to an ESPN Tuscon radio interview with RI General Secretary John Hewko.

      What’s ahead

      Watch for more information on upcoming activities at www.endpolionow.org.

      Resource guide

      Find out how the End Polio Now - Make History Today funding campaign sponsored by Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes contributions work three times as hard.

      Participate in the World's Biggest Commercial to publicize Rotary's polio eradication efforts. It's just one of many Rotary Resources available.

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      The fight isn’t over. Polio is a crippling, potentially fatal infectious disease, and if we don’t finish the job of eradication, more than 10 million children under age five could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. For less than $1, a child can be vaccinated for life.

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