Rotary plans polio walk Oct. 19

Oct 07, 2019

Belfast — Rotary members in Belfast are taking action for World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

A walk for awareness will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. Rotary members invite the public to join them in the public parking area behind Rollie’s to walk the Footbridge to raise awareness of polio. Donations will be accepted to send to the international EndPolio campaign through Rotary International.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. Since then, polio cases have dropped by 99.9%, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to ending polio since 1985, including $15,400 donated by the Rotary Club of Belfast.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world.

Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio. For more information, contact belfastrotarytreasurer@gmail.

 

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