Many Rotarians, and non Rotarians alike, have asked the question, "So why do we still need to donate to Polio Plus? This disease is practically gone!" Well, it is not gone, and if we are not vigilant, the disease could rise up and become an epidemic again in our world.We are so very close to eliminating this dreaded disease forever. We need to continue to immunize children in the third world countries so those that cross the borders from Afghanistan and Pakistan do not spread the disease. There have only been four cases of polio this calendar year, which occurred in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Two years ago there were a total of 74 cases; last year there were a total of 35 cases. Rotary International is so very hopeful that within two years, the disease will no longer appear in our world.
Did you know that Rotary International's Foundation began 100 years ago? The first donation to the Foundation was $26.50. To celebrate this milestone, each Rotarian throughout the world is being asked this Rotary year to donate $26.50, or for large clubs, $2650 in total to Polio Plus. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Rotarian in our District 5280 would donate this amount to finish the job of eliminating polio forever? We already have clubs that have reached this goal. Can we count on your club to reach this goal? Last year, we were the first District in the world to have 100 percent of its members donate to Polio Plus. Let's do it again this year!
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