Clark County Rotary Clubs Join “Panhandling for Polio,” Take to the Streets on Saturday, Sept. 8

Members of the seven Clark County Rotary Clubs, the Rotaract Club and their helpers will take to the streets on Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds that will help eradicate polio. All proceeds from “Panhandling for Polio” will be donated to Rotary International’s global polio eradication effort.

Launched by the Washington County, OR Rotaract Club (young professional’s Rotary) in 2009, the project has gained support from the international Rotary community.

Since 1985, Rotary International has led the global crusade to eliminate polio. The result is a world nearly free of this crippling disease. Only a few provinces in four countries remain. In response, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the major partners in this effort, has provided $355 million dollars and challenged Rotary to raise $200 million in matching funds.  The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children.

As the polio eradication effort closes in on the disease, the work becomes more difficult.  Polio’s strongholds remain in the world’s poorest countries, many of which require greater levels of support to reach the goal. Without eradication efforts like the Rotary Polio Plus program, this killing, crippling disease could quickly return worldwide.  As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at risk.

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