Port Elgin Rotary donates to stop polio
by Sandy Lindsay

October 19, 2016


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Port Elgin Rotary donates to stop polio

Each year, the newly elected Rotary Club President and members donate funds to be used in the fight against polio.  On Tuesday, October 18th, Port Elgin Rotary donated $1,500 to the 'end polio' fund.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion US to end polio and continues to work with its partners in a global network.

Rotarian Ron Moss, says that anyone can make a donation by visiting www.endpolio.org .  "All donations through Rotary are being matched 2:1 for every dollar by the Bill and Malinda Gate Foundation up to an annual maximum of $35 million until the end of 2018," said Moss.  "Every dollar donated turns into $3 to eradicate polio."

In 1985, Rotary began a program to stop polio world-wide working with partners such as The Gates Foundation, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control.  Since 2000,  2.5 billion children have been immunized around the world.

Today, only Pakistan and Afghanistan are endemic countries where the wild polio virus exists, although there have been recent cases in the Ukraine and Nigeria.  The incidence of polio has however fallen by more than 99.9 per cent from approximately 350,000 a year to 26 confirmed cases as of September this  year.

According to experts $1.5 billion is needed immediately for immunization to prevent the disease returning to previously polio-free countries.

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