WORLD POLIO DAY – SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2021
Rundle Mall - Adelaide
(cnr Charles Street)
Friday 22 October 2021
8am to 6pm
ROTARY SA brings End Polio Worldwide campaign to Rundle Mall
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October, Rotarians from 12 Clubs surrounding Adelaide will be manning the End Polio Ute in Rundle Mall by Charles Street, educating our public about Rotary’s efforts over 4 Decades to eradicate this horrific disease from planet Earth.
Polio in the 1900s was considered to be what COVID is to the world today. Like ‘long COVID’ is today, people inflicted with Polio last century still live with debilitating side effects.
Rotary Internationally, supported by 33,000+ Clubs and 1.3 Million members, have worked collaboratively to vaccinate all the children of the world to eradicate the disease since 1979.
1. Polio mainly affects children under age 5
2. There is no cure, but Polio is preventable with a vaccine
3. Only 2 Countries remain endemic : Pakistan and Afghanistan
4. Rotary worldwide has reduced cases by 99.9 since 1979
5. Until we End Polio forever, every child worldwide is at risk
For well over a decade with the efforts of every Rotarian, the public and support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in excess of $1 Billion has been dedicated to this cause.
Today, for every $1 donated to Rotary End Polio, the Gates Foundation matches the donation with $2 extra.
Unless we eradicate polio now, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. Using the vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk in 1955, volunteer nurses, doctors and medical professionals supported by Rotary reach into every country, vaccinating every child to achieve our goal.
In 2020, a major milestone was reached, declaring the African region POLIO FREE, with no new reported cases over 3 years, following on from Nigeria in 2019 and India in 2014.
4 Decades of work, education and learning about ways to control a worldwide Pandemic such as Polio allows the world to learn ways to control COVID-19. A wonderful added benefit from Rotary’s long term commitment.
Every $1 donated to the END POLIO project goes directly to the cause, not diminished by admin fees.
The Rotary Foundation is charged with the task of caring for all donations and ensuring each $1 gets directly
to the project, noting Rotarians worldwide are volunteers to the cause!
An official launch with Dignitaries and Rotary volunteers including South Australian District Governor
Jeff Neale will address attendees in Rundle Mall.
You can help Rotary with this final stage:-
Learn More : visit www.EndPolio.org
Donate : www.EndPolio.org/donate