Local Rotary clubs unite to help end polio Oct. 21

Oct 08, 2017
Midcoast Rotarians pictured during a previous walk to help eradicate polio.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, four Midcoast Rotary clubs are combing forces to contribute to Rotary International’s PolioPlus program. Belfast, Camden and Rockland, including Rockland Rotaract and West Bay Rotarians, plan to walk the Harbor Walk and Passy Rail Trail in Belfast to bring awareness to the public of the need to eradicate polio.

The Belfast-Moosehead Lake Rail Preservation Society and Rollie’s Catering are working with the Rotary clubs to provide a foliage rail trip and luncheon after the walk, which begins at 9 a.m. in Heritage Park in downtown Belfast. For more information, please email dhavey@tidewater.net.

Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985 as the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.

Donations are being accepted by any Rotary member in this effort to eradicate polio.

 

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