In 1988, when Rotary International launched PolioPlus, more than 125 countries were polio endemic and more than 350,000 children a year were infected. Today, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the tremendous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number is down to three: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and so far this year there have only been 111 reported cases. Our job is not done. As long as polio threatens even one child in the world, every child is at risk. Only the global eradication of polio will ensure that no child ever again will suffer its devastating effects.
 
Thanks to our local grocers: Lakefield Foodland, Ennismore Foodland and John’s Valumart and you, our generous community we raised more than $650 toward polio eradication during our Purple Pinkie campaign. With the 2:1 matching funds from Bill and Melinda Gates, more than 600 children will be saved from the scourge of this horrible disease.

BEL Rotary will continue the fight until the world is declared polio free!!