Polio has almost been Eradicated

Rotary Clubs around the world have been working since 1985 to completely eradicate Polio.  Once Polio has been wiped off the face of the earth, then vaccinations for polio can stop.  It's been done for Smallpox, it will happen for Polio.

This is important because there is no cure for Polio, only prevention.   And when just one case of polio still exists, the whole world is in danger of being infected.   It is an issue that affects us here in North America as the disease is only a short plane ride away and it could again become a huge problem like it was in the 1950's.

33,000 Rotary Clubs world wide are combining forces to raise $200 Million in conjunction with the Gates Foundation grant of $355 Million to get the job done once and for all.  The Rotary Clubs of the Okanagan Shushwap area are fundraising in the month of October 2010 as part of this effort.

We are very close to the target now.  Of the three types of Polio, type 2 has already been eradicated, leaving only types 1 and 3 in the wild.  With the stepped up efforts of Rotary and its partners, the job is almost done.  

We need your help.  Please donate today at any of the donation boxes in businesses up and down the valley, at Valley First Credit Unions, or online here using your Visa or Mastercard.  Donations over $20 will get a tax deductible receipt.