Troy Rotary planted 175 PURPLE CROCUS bulbs
at the Troy Public Library November 8, 2020.
 
When infants and children receive a Polio Vaccine,
their little finger is marked with purple to show they are
on the way to Polio Immunity.                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
                       
Here’s the first PURPLE CROCUS
ready to honor Rotary’s worldwide vaccination efforts to
 
 
END POLIO NOW!   
 
 
                  
Select Polio Fund.
In the Donation section select amount.
Either sign in to My Rotary or continue as a guest.
 
All donations will be matched $1 - $2 by Bill Gates.
 
A special thank you for your support of END POLIO NOW.
 

What is polio?

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

Our goal

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
 
As a founding partner of the Rotary International (rotary.org) Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
 
We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.  For several years including 2020 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributes $2 for every $1 we donate.
 
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Africa was declared polio free in 2020.  But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
 
What can YOU do?
 
Donate to END POLIO NOW. 
 
A special thank you
for joining with the Rotary Club of Troy
to eradicate POLIO
around the globe.