END Polio NOW
In order to increase awareness and giving to PolioPlus we are rolling out a new Social Media campaign to
coincide with the End Polio Now torch arriving at the International Convention in June.
The torches were started as a project of the Rotary Club of Madras who has overseen the travel through
multiple countries, clubs, and the past two International Conventions, raising awareness and funds to end
polio. This year the torch will travel from Madras to Chattanooga (home of President John Germ). This is
where the 100-mile relay, to coincide with the 100 year Foundation celebration, will start. It will culminate
Saturday morning at the Grand Opening of the House of Friendship in Atlanta.
In an effort to maximize this impact, we are asking each of you this coming Tuesday April 4 after 14:00
1) Go to Endpolio.org and make your personal contribution.
2) Upload the attached photo of the Virtual Torch to post on your Facebook and Social Media
accounts along with a message to challenge five friends.
3) E-mail this letter of explanation every District Governor in your Group and ask them to do
the same on their District Facebook page and their other social media pages. They should
encourage their Club Presidents to do the same. Remind them to make their personal
4) Finally, ask your District Governors to challenge five friends to do the same! The friends do
not have to be Rotarians as we want to spread the word as far as possible through social media.
Remember ALL of these contributions will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and
we have an opportunity to massively engage the world in getting the word out to end polio as the torch
makes its way to ZERO cases! Mark your calendars now for the April 4th kick off and help us carry the
torch to the convention in Atlanta and finish the race.
Thank-you for all you are doing in the fight to END POLIO! We will see ZERO cases and the world will be
free from polio because of you and Rotarians around the world!
So let’s GO VIRAL to END POLIO NOW!
Global Coordinator, End Polio Now Fundraising
APPS that save Lives
For years Apple and RED have worked together to fight AIDS in Africa. This efford is now available in the App Store,
from 24 November to 7 December, purchasing a participating (product) RED, the proceeds will go to the Global Fund.
You can make a difference in the fight against AIDS.
See more at APPS FOR RED
RI Convention 2016
The 2016 RI Convention ill take place in Seoul, Korea from the 28 May to 1 June.
The 2017 Convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Rotary International Polio Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo
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The latest from Rotary Leader, just click on the heading to go to the site.
Rotary Serving 109 Years
As Rotary International celebrates its 109th year, many clubs worldwide celebrated in their own special way. PR Liaison in Cape Town (D9350) together with her PR team managed to get their DG Vyv Deacon interviewed on Expresso TV which is super. The interview can be seen by clicking on “Expresso TV”
Rotary releases US$35.9 million to fight polio in Africa and Asia
EVANSTON, Ill. (18 Feb. 2014) — The continued fight to eliminate polio gets an additional $36 million boost from Rotary in support of polio immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018.
The funding commitment comes at a critical time as the eradication initiative focuses on stopping polio in the three countries where the virus remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Stopping polio in those countries is crucial in order to halt the recent spate of outbreaks in countries where the disease had previously been beaten and where mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.
The Rotary grants include $6.8 million for Afghanistan, $7.7 million for Nigeria and $926,000 for Pakistan. Grant amounts are based on requests from eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities.
UNICEF will use a grant of $2.73 million to bolster vaccination activities throughout the Horn of Africa as part of an on-going response to an outbreak that began in 2013 and has now infected more than 200 children. The so-called “imported” cases are linked to the strain of polio endemic to Nigeria, underscoring the need to stop the virus in the endemic countries.
The other countries where Rotary funds will be used to fight polio are Burkina Faso, $2.1 million; Cameroon, $3.4 million; Democratic Republic of Congo, $3.9 million; Niger, $2.3 million; Somalia, $1.3 million; South Sudan, $2.6 million; and Sudan, $1.2 million.
WHO also received $934,000 to study the impact of introducing injectable, inactivated polio vaccine into the immunization program as part of the initiative’s endgame plan, as the goal of global eradication nears.
Unrelated to this round of grants, Rotary released $500,000 in December 2013 as an emergency response to the polio outbreak in strife-torn Syria, which had not reported polio since 1999. Through Jan. 31, there were 23 confirmed cases in Syria since October 2013, all traceable to the polio strain circulating in Pakistan.
Rotary launched its polio immunization program PolioPlus in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 369 confirmed so far for 2013.
Rotary’s main responsibilities within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, and social mobilization. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.
Contact: Petina Dixon-Jenkins (847) 866-3054