Rotary Club of Watertown Swimarathon raises $ 5,000 for Polio Eradication
Watertown Rotary Club swimmers swam laps at the local YMCA in an effort to raise donations to fund the eradication of polio in our world on Saturday February 27th. The swimmers raised around $5,000.00, however, the exact total will not be known until all donors contributions are collected.
For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
The Rotary Club of Watertown began raising funds to be used in the fight against Polio in 1985. Since 2013, our club has used an event called Swimarathon, conducted each February as a fundraising event that donates 100% of all funds to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus initiative that provides oral vaccine to children worldwide. Each swimmer seeks out donations from fellow Rotarians, friends and community members by promising to swim laps in the pool. A donation of $100 will provide the oral vaccine to 167 children. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio. 
Unless we eradicate polio within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. Only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild virus, but no child anywhere is safe until we’ve vaccinated every child. Rotary began an initiative in 1979 to raise funds to be used to provide the oral vaccine to the world’s children with the goal to eradicate Polio. We are not alone. Rotary International is in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.