In 1985, Rotarians made a promise to the children of the world—we promised them that we would eradicate polio from the face of the earth.  On the day that we made that promise there were 125 countries on 5 continents that were polio-endemic and during the year of 1985 more than 350,000 children—nearly 1,000 children every single day-- were paralyzed by or died as a result of the polio virus.
Since 1985 Rotarians have raised more than $2.1 billion for this noble cause and with that money Rotarians have been able to provide polio vaccine to more than 3 billion children.
Two of the three strains of polio have been eradicated and only 2 countries remain polio-endemic—Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The World Health Organization estimates that there are now more than 19 million children who today are alive and healthy and running and playing with their friends but who would have been paralyzed by polio but for Rotary’s polio eradication program.
The polio vaccine is most often given in conjunction with a vitamin supplement and with vaccines for measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.  The vitamin supplement has been credited with saving the lives of more than 5 million children.  Since 1985 the number of deaths from measles has declined from more than 2 million a year worldwide to fewer than 100,000 a year worldwide.  There have been similar declines in deaths from tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.  Additionally, the surveillance and distribution programs that are in place today as part of Rotary’s polio eradication program have been used to combat ebola and Covid pandemics.
To help us reach our dream of a polio-free world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match twice every contribution that is made to Rotary’s polio eradication program.  Madison South Rotary has been one of the leaders in the fight to eradicate polio.

PAST Fundraising Efforts from Madison South Rotary 

Ride to End Polio - 11/6/2021

Rocket Bicycle with Madison South Rotary Club hosted the first annual District 6250 Ride to End Polio. Rocket Bicycle and SBR Endurance provided high-tech bike stands that transform moving bicycles into stationary bicycles, temporarily. Rain or shine Rotary would ride to end polio on November 6th, 2021. From Chippewa Falls to Madison and Mt. Horeb riders came to Verona to mount their bicycles and stay in place. Because the goal is to get to a polio free world, and your bike doesn’t need to move to reach that goal. 
In the end, what did the Ride to End Polio raise?
Team Tutu:         $12,534.00
Team B.R.A.T:   $13,053.00
Team M-WT:      $1,520.00
Total Raised:      $27,107.00

With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1 match, the event raised $81,321 for End Polio efforts!



Pints for Polio - 10/24/2019 and 11/15/2021

In 2019, Madison South created and held our first Pints for Polio event on World Polio Day. It was hosted at all four Great Dane Brewing locations around Madison, WI. 
The concept was pretty simple ... for every pint, growler, and crawler sold from lunch through dinner, The Great Dane donated $1 which will then be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In just a few hours, $1,689 was raised and with the Gates Foundation match, that total rises to $5,067!

Afterward, when we were announcing the success of the event, the event branding went viral. Pints for Polio logos, T-shirt art, social media posts, and posters were sent to Rotary clubs around the world - literally from Australia to Europe! 
In 2020 we didn't hold the event due to COVID, but we came back in 2021 at a new location - Headquarters Bar in Grill in Oregon, WI
Guests enjoyed the Rams take on the 49ers that evening, and about 30 Rotarians from various clubs attended.

Though the event was much smaller in 2021, we still managed to raise $225 which was then matched to become a $675 donation to End Polio efforts.


Brat Stand Tip Jars

Madison South Rotary's main fundraiser is our club's beer and brat stand for all UW-Badger home games. We have tip jars near our sellers and guests drop-in $1 bills, $5 bills and the occasional $20.
Most years we raise between $3,500-4,500 total for all games. During the 2021 season, our club began offering credit card payments and allowed our guests to tip electronically to help our club's efforts to eradicate polio. We were surprised that our tips for the season went up 28%!