Linda, CA:
Polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease, still ravages young victims in three countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until it is completely eliminated, the World remains at risk for new outbreaks—including in the United States. The South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary Club is committed to its international mission of making sure it is permanently destroyed.

At its weekly meeting September 8th at Peach Tree Restaurant, Club members painted a pinky fingernail purple. This is how vaccinated children are marked when they receive the lifesaving oral vaccine. The Club’s “punch polio purple pinkies” will remain through June 2017 to raise polio awareness and as a fundraiser toward the Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign. If you see a purple pinky, say hello—and give a dollar or more toward the fund. One dollar can immunize two possible victims! If you would like to make a direct donation to the fund, please send a check to: South Yuba County Rotary, PolioPlus Fund, PO Box 5664, Marysville, CA 95901 or Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

Since 1985, Rotary International’s “PolioPlus” program has made vaccinations possible for more than two billion children worldwide. Rotary International says, Rotary's Challenge is our response to [the] two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio… ("Rotary International: ," 2013) This Club’s goal is to raise at least $250 toward the fund—enough vaccine for 500 children.