Rotarians exceed ‘End Polio Now’ goal

Rotarians from Armstrong to Osoyoos raise $267,000 go go toward eradicating polio.

Polio eradication has been Rotary International’s top priority for more than two decades. 

By early February, 36 Rotary Clubs in Armstrong, Ashcroft, Chase, Clearwater, Kalamalka, Kamloops, Kelowna. Lake Country, Merritt, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton and Revelstoke had raised close to $267,000 in support of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. 

About $15,000 of this was raised in an October 2010 campaign by Rotarians in the Okanagan Shuswap.

This achievement was in response to generous grants of $355 million received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with the challenge to Rotary International to raise an additional $200 million by June 2012. 

Rotary International has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. This meant that each Rotary club on average had to raise $6,000.

“With more than a year to go before the deadline, we are thrilled that funds raised by the 36 clubs exceeded the $216,000 challenge by approximately $51,000,” said local Rotary Clubs spokesperson Jeanette Hoft.

All of the resulting $555 million received from the Gates Foundation and Rotary International is being spent in support of eradication activities.

Rotary International, the international humanitarian service organization, is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. To learn more about polio eradication, visit www.rotary.org/endpolio today.