Rotarians to walk to eradicate polio
Five Midcoast Maine area Rotary clubs will be walking to eradicate polio in the world, Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Camden and Rockland area Rotary Clubs will meet at the Breakwater Market Place in Rockland and the West Bay and Belfast Rotary Clubs will meet at the Whale's Tooth Pub in Lincolnville. The four clubs along with students from the Midcoast Interact Club will meet at Graffam Brothers Restaurant at the conclusion of their walk in Camden.
Jim Sharp, a polio survivor will speak at 5 p.m. at Graffam Brothers.
The walk is open to Rotarians, their families and members of the community who would like to take part. There is no registration fee, but walkers are asked to make a donation to the Polio Plus program. Checks may be made payable to Rockland Rotary and may be brought to the start locations or mailed to P.O. Box 1811, Rockland, ME 04841.
Last year, Rotarians raised $200 million worldwide for the cause which was matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Polio was eliminated in India last year bringing to only three countries in the world where polio still exists.
"The goal is to eradicate this disease by the end of the decade," said Doug Curtis Jr, past president of Rockland Rotary, in a news release. "Last year we raised $10,000 locally to help the cause," he said. Curtis stressed this is not a competition, but rather an event to bring awareness to the cause.
For more information, call 701-1554.