Polio Plus

Polio Plus Commitee

Co-Chairs -  PDG Julie Ann Juliano, Branchburg Club and Bill Mealia, Elizabeth Club

Contact Julie Ann - Contact Bill


Thanks for your End Polio Now efforts

 

 

Thank you for your efforts to end polio. 

PDG Julie Ann Juliano and Polio Survivor Bill Mealia

Polio Eradication

In its early years, PolioPlus was dedicated to fundraising for immunization efforts. In May 1988 Rotary announced that the campaign, which aimed to raise $120 million, had raised nearly $220 million in contributions and pledges. That same year, the World Health Assembly set a goal of worldwide polio eradication and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with Rotary as one of its partners. At the time, polio paralyzed more than 1,000 children worldwide every day and 125 countries were polio-endemic.

The GPEI partners, which also included WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were able to boost world immunization levels from less than 50 percent in 1985 to over 80 percent in 1992. Just five years after the GPEI was founded, the 500 millionth child was immunized against polio. To further efforts, Rotary started the PolioPlus Partners program in 1995, to fund and support National Immunization Days in polio-endemic countries (The Rotarian).

In 2007 Rotary entered into a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which issued Rotary a $100 million challenge grant to raise funds for polio eradication. This partnership continued to grow, and in 2013 the Gates Foundation offered to match Rotary’s contributions for polio eradication 2-to-1 for five years (up to $35 million per year).

PolioPlus is truly international. Rotary has 1.2 million members in nearly every country working together to end polio for good.

Donate to Polio Eradication

For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected for life. Your donation now works even harder: Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Go to http://www.endpolio.org/donate to donate. Every cent counts!



 

HURRICANE RELIEF

Help is desperately needed to replenish stocks of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits, depleted by the onslaught of hurricanes this season!

Send donation checks to District 7510 ShelterBox Chairman Len Nemeroff, 9 Deacon Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

ShelterBox USA is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. See our ShelterBox webpage for details about their deployment.

EAT, DRINK AND SHARE FUNDRAISER - Our District's one and only fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation will be held at the Pines Manor on November 13 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Register on-line by clicking on the image below.

CLUB ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH - Interactors from Edison have launched a great new program called "Dare to be Great!" This exciting project depends on liking and sharing their facebook page. Click on the image to go to that Facebook page and "like" it! Read your TEAM Rotary for the full article!

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