Saturday April 20, 2013 @9:30 a.m.
Lakeside Rotary Park—Nelson, BC
A 2 km walk/run or a 4 km walk/run Celebrating 100 years of Rotary Service in BC
FEE: $10 per person
Registration drop-off: Investors Group, 515 Vernon St. Or Nelson Star, 514 Hall St. or mail to Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak, Box 965, Nelson, V1L 6A5. Cheque payable to Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak. Registration at School Offices prior to April 15.
Registration on event day starts at 8 am at the Park.
Run Warm Up at 9:15-9:30;
Run starts at 9:30.
Water & First Aid on Site; Refreshments after run
ROTARY, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government agencies, and local communities are working together on the Polio Eradication Program – End Polio Now.
The GOAL is to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world, in cooperation with local workers and advocates, have provided polio vaccine to children. Two billion children have been immunized, preventing them from paralysis . Outbreaks are still occurring. Polio disease still exists in the population in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
The number of polio cases reported each year is decreasing dramatically. There were 350,000 cases in 1985 and only 965 in 2010. The cost, so far, has been two billion dollars US.
Efforts to raise funds for the polio eradication program must continue. The savings on human suffering are immeasurable. A child can be protected from this disease with a vaccine dose costing 60 cents!
The William and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed $355 million US to the Global Polio Eradication Program and challenged ROTARY to raise $200 million, to bring the fund to a total of $555 million, the amount needed to ensure the earth will be polio-free.
We still have $60 million to raise to meet the polio eradication challenge.