Rotary Club of Watertown Swimarathon team raises
$ 6,010 for Polio Eradication
Watertown Rotary Club swimmers swam laps at the local YMCA on February 27th in an effort to raise donations to fund the eradication of polio in our world. The swimmers raised $6,010, or 120% of goal, which will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2 for 1 when Rotary International raises $50 million for 2021. This union of fundraising has assisted our Rotary Club to provide nearly $18,030 towards support of vaccinating over 30,050 children worldwide in 2021. Pictured are swimmers President Jeff Combs, Larry Sorel, Jeff Wood, Howie Ganter, Jeff Barnard, Beth Linderman, Don and Dianna Woodhouse and coordinator Don Klug.
For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
The Rotary Club of Watertown began raising funds in the fight against Polio in 1985. Our club has used an event called Swimarathon since 2011 each February as a fundraising event that donates 100% of all funds to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus initiative. 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. 
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.