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Celebrate World Polio Day - 24th October

Did you know that I have managed to virtually eradicate Polio as a human disease?  I didn't do it on my own, of course (and that's not me in the picture)!  I managed it by being a Rotarian and a part of the worlds largest charitable volunteering organisation.  Rotary is not just about helping our local charities and community!  As an organisation we do truly amazing things, globally.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.

So, if you chip in a tenner - that's increased to £30 to continue the programme of vaccinations and even push into the last two countries of concern.  And, let's be honest, nobody likes Microsoft - so what better way to get your own back?  Chip in a tenner, do some good and also extract £20 from Bill gates at the same time.  Give Bill the (purple) finger!

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