- Canada’s support for these initiatives reflects Canada’s commitment to three of its top international development priorities: securing the future of children and youth, stimulating sustainable economic growth and improving maternal, newborn and child health—Canada’s top international development priority.
- Polio is one of the world’s most enduring infectious diseases and mainly affects children under the age of five. Addressing polio through immunization is one of the most cost-effective health interventions to end preventable child mortality.
- Since 1988, the global incidence of polio has decreased by over 99 percent, largely through the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), to which Canada was a founding donor.
- Since 1988, at least 2.5 billion children around the world have been immunized. Today, more than 10 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the polio virus are walking thanks to global polio eradication efforts.
- In October 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was honoured to receive the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award for his longstanding support for, and continued leadership in, efforts to eliminate polio around the world.
- Canada is a global leader in immunization to improve the health and survival of women and children.
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Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
Eradicate Polio Worldwide
Through 2018 every $1 Rotary commits to direct support for polio immunization will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plus an additional 2-to-1 by the Government of Canada.
Therefore $1 = $5; $20 = $100, $100 = $500 etc. Please provide Sandy Ronson with your PolioPlus donation information.
15th Annual Rotary-Western Rotaract Day of Giving – Saturday, January 21st
The Day of Giving is an annual one-day event where student volunteers and Rotarians assist the elderly and disabled citizens in the London community. It will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 AM in the King’s College cafeteria (266 Epworth Ave). Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Rotarians are welcome to volunteer as drivers. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
61st Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction, Monday, 13 February
The Rotary Foundation Contribution Information
Annual Fund: Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help to strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.
PolioPlus: The support of Rotary, donors, and governments remains critical in the final stages of polio eradication. Every $1 Rotary commits to direct support for polio immunization will be matched 2-to-1 (up to $35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plus an additional 2-to-1 by the Government of Canada. Therefore $1 = $5; $20 = $100, etc. Yes, each donation to PolioPlus makes quintuple the impact!
There are two easy ways to make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation:
To celebrate 100 years of service to the London community, Rotary clubs in London are donating $100,000 to install a 14-foot illuminated clock in the tower at Covent Garden Market.
Highly visible to patrons of Budweiser Gardens and the Market, the clock will enhance the area known as Rotary Square that is home to the Rotary Skating Rink and numerous community events.
Construction will begin in late fall with the official grand opening in March 2015. The same clock builder installed the clock in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa – The Verdin Company.
The clock will be a spectacular enhancement to the existing Market structure and beautify the area while raising the profile of Rotary Square.