World Polio Day – Delivering On A Promise

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DG Aimee Walsh

Aimee Walsh, 5110 District Governor 2022-23

Greetings, fellow Rotarians!

This October, District 5110 is proud to join Rotary International’s focus on eradicating polio.

As you know, Rotary has been fighting to end polio for more than 35 years. Because it is spread from person to person, typically through contaminated water, and most commonly affects children younger than five, ending this disease once and for all also promotes several of Rotary’s Areas of Focus: Maternal and Child Health, Water and Sanitation, and Disease Prevention and Treatment.

We’ve made so much progress! You can watch our incredible country-by-country eradication history here.

Rotarians around the world will celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th, 2022. And we’re proud to share that District 5110 set a fundraising goal of $20,000 for this Imagine Rotary year.

In the U.S., I’m fortunate enough to be a part of a “post-polio” generation. It is a geographic privilege that I have no firsthand experience with this devastating disease. Won’t it be wonderful when every generation can say that?

We can reach this goal together! Let’s inspire each other. You can share your club’s polio eradication and vaccination ideas, activities, and events here.

And if you want promotional and outreach ideas we encourage you to check out World Polio Day resources here.

Please join me in investing in one of Rotary’s most successful efforts. If you would like to make a direct contribution you can do so on our district website.

Rotary International is proud to partner with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the CDC in this important fight.

As our RI President Jennifer Jones says, Dream Big, Take Action.

Please feel free to contact our District Polio Plus Chair (and DGN) Nelson Maler with any questions.

Image description: Day one of the Subnational Immunization Days in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, a weeklong campaign to vaccinate children against polio. Rotarians, Rotaractors, health workers, and other volunteers set up and operate more than 1,500 immunization booths in the area. 23 June 2019.




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