Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day with golf tourney

Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day with golf tourney

Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day with golf tourney

Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Polio is incurable but completely vaccine preventable. The Brewery to Brewery 0.5K is created to show activity in downtown as well as get area citizens to ask questions about the global fight to end polio.

We have successfully kicked out polio, now we are kicking the ball. "We can make that happen". If polio isn't stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.

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

Through determined and successful immunisation programmes using the $1.9 billion raised by Rotary clubs across the world, polio cases have now fallen by 99.9%, to only 33 cases in 2018, in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Global health officials will on Thursday announce a partial victory in the decades-long fight to end polio, with a second of three strains of the crippling virus certified as eradicated worldwide. Rotary is in a public-private partnership with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as governments of the world.

Mader, the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club's Foundation Chair, said, "Our local club has contributed more than $125,000 to the more than $1.9 billion Rotary clubs around the world have contributed to ending polio since 1985". The total polio cases worldwide at the end of 2016 was 37, which dropped to only 14 at this stage.

In a statement released on Monday, WHO said rotarians and other partners are reaching out to leaders and communities, to engage them in the effort, through events, fundraisers and social media campaigns to support a Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

She said 10 percent of all sales during the two-hour period will go toward the Rotary Club's World Polio fundraising drive.

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