Members of The Rotary Club of Tyler were among millions who reached out the week of World Polio Day on Oct. 24 to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
On Oct. 26, Rotary Club of Tyler members made additional personal donations in observance of World Polio Day and donated $742.00 to Rotary International’s program, Polio Plus.
To further support the cause, The Rotary Club of Tyler members, through a Rotary District 5830 fundraiser, also donated an additional $5,200 to end polio.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative almost 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by almost 100 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016, and 12 cases this year.
To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raise $50 million dollars per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2-to-1.
Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
“We are honored to participate and contribute to the cause of eradicating this terrible disease,” said David Jones, Rotary Club of Tyler president. “Ending polio has been a goal of Rotary for several years and our club is helping to make this dream a reality.”
Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985 and 2.5 billion children have been immunized against the disease.