Friday, December 16, 2011
We're This Close!
Are you aware polio will be gone from the Earth in our lifetime?
Thanks to the efforts of Rotary International, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization, polio will no longer cause children to become crippled by this tenacious disease. And, we're winning the fight. Only four countries--India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afganistan report children becoming affected each year. But, the new cases are extremely low. Only a few hundred new cases last year. Period. Out of 7 billion people, that's remarkable. All due to getting children immunized in cities, towns and villages in the most remote corners of these endemic countries.
On New Year's Day in Fortuna, scores of walkers will descend upon Rohner Park for the annual From Day One Walk to Eradicate Polio. Sponsored by the Fortuna Sunrise Rotary, From Day One is a local fundraising and awareness event aimed at contributing to this worldwide cause. Here is a true instance of Think Globally, Act Locally.
Join us at 9am on New Year's Day at Rohner Park in Fortuna for this great little event. It's only $10 per person, $25 for a family of four. It's an easy 1.5 mile trek through the streets of Fortuna ending back at the park for a soul-warming pancake breakfast prepared by the Rotarians. You'll be back home in time for all of the New Year's Day NFL games.