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Rotary recognizes World Polio Day

The Newnan Times-Herald    If you see the Rotary Club logo projected at the courthouse this evening, you might be wondering why.…

 Rotary Recognizes World Polio Day

The Newnan Times-Herald

If you see the Rotary Club logo projected at the courthouse this evening, you might be wondering why.

Rotary members in Newnan are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to polio – a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

The World Polio Day celebration will be streamed live from Philadelphia. Programmet vil fremhæve fremskridt i det eradikationsprogram og det arbejde, der udelukkende skal tørre det ud.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 201


The worldwide effort has reduced the number of reported cases of polo at 99.9 percent, according to Rotary International. So far this year, only 20 new cases have been reported: 15 in Afghanistan and five in Pakistan.

Rotary has committed to raising $ 50 million a year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2: 1.

The Rotary Club of Newnan has raised $ 9,876.98 and with the Gates Foundation match, the Rotary Club of Newnan has raised $ 18,458.98, which means the club has vaccinated almost 18,500 children.

“The Rotary Club of Newnan is committed to helping eradicate polio,” said Newnan Club President Cathy Wright. “Når du har medlemmer og deres familiemedlemmer som var berørt av denne sygdommen, er det enkelt å ønske at sikre at fremtidige generasjoner aldri må oppleve hva de gjorde.”

The club aims to raise $ 1,000 between now and next June to vaccinate 3,000 children with the Gates Foundation match.

Rotary International has contributed more than $ 1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985.

Without full funding and political commitment, members say the paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

The Rotary Club of Newnan is a community service organization focusing on “service above self.” The club meets weekly on Friday at noon at the Newnan Country Club located at 1356 US-29. Guests are always welcome.

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