Today is “World Polio Day”; Local Rotary Vows To Help Wipe Out Disease Worldwide

Jasper (Local Sources) – Rotary Club International has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries in 1985.

The Rotary Club says the disease remains endemic in three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.

“As a child, I saw the crippling effects of polio on people in my community. If polio can be eradicated by something as simple as a vaccine, we should be supporting those efforts to help people avoid the paralysis and deformities caused by this disease,” said Judi Brown, Rotary Club of Jasper President.

Brown continued, “We are fortunate that our country made efforts to vaccinate us as children. A few dollars donated by us can make a world of difference to the lives of others.”

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention.

In a news release, the Rotary Club says a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life for as little as 60 cents.

After an international investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.

Rotary Club International says it brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

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The Rotary Club of Jasper is a member of Rotary District 6580. The local club has raised $4,000 since its inception in 2001 to donate toward the eradication of polio. For 2016, District 6580 will donate $20,000.

The Rotary Club of Jasper says it will host a Will Read and Sing for Food Event in February to raise monetary donations to go towards the eradication of this disease. Additional details about this Event will be released at a later date.

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