In 1985, when Rotary International started their End Polio campaign, there were 350,000 cases of Polio in 125 countries. The hard work and financial support of Rotarians around the world has lowered that number to 54 wild polio cases in 2020.
At last week’s meeting, Rotary Club of Tryon members heard from polio survivor, and fellow Rotarian John Nanni. During his presentation, John told his story of contracting Polio in 1953, about 6 months before the vaccine became available in the US. He also challenged all Rotarians to “Take Out Polio”.
John developed the Take Out Polio campaign to help Rotarians fund the final initiatives needed to eradicate Polio. All donations made to the Take Out Polio campaign are tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which means an individual donation of $100, matched by the Gates Foundation, will provide Take Out Polio with $400.
Making a donation to Take Out Polio is not limited to Rotarians. Donors taking part in Take Out Polio can earn a pin to show their support for eradicating Polio.
A donation of $40 will provide Polio vaccines for 200 people and earn the donor an “I Saved 200” pin.
A donation of $120 will provide Polio vaccines for 600 people and earn the donor an “I Save 600” pin.
Donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Tryon or online at Rotary International. https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
The Rotary Club of Tryon has taken up the challenge to have 100% of our members recognized as at least “I Saved 200” donors.
The Rotary Club of Tryon meets each Thursday. If you are interested in joining us, please contact President Skip Taylor at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-200-9259.