Contact: Alan SEALE
24
Oct
2019
Rotary Central Melbourne
VIC
Australia

In 2018 there were a total of 33 cases of Wild Polio virus worldwide in 2 countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan).
Unfortunately this year there is already 56 case in the same 2 countries. Fighting on the borders in some areas and suspicion has hindered the distribution of the vaccine and administration to children.

Some good news is that Nigeria hasn't had a case in nearly 3 years so in a few months time will be declared polio free. This will mean the entire African continent will be Polio free. This is a case for celebration.

To help support the Polio eradication efforts Rotary must ensure the efforts are continued as long as needed. We started this campaign over 30 years ago and will see it through to completion. We also need to ensure that the public know of our great efforts to eradicate Polio.Our District is planning two events in October to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now campaign. The first is the end Polio Walk which is detailed in the events calendar.

The second is the Polio Train Ride Thursday 24 October – This event will be leaving from Train stations across our district (Bendigo, Brighton, Werribee and Caufield) with the aim to meet at Fed Square Melbourne at 2.30 pm.  The other 4 Victorian Rotary Districts have been invited to join with District 9800 in this adventure. If hundreds attend think of the impact it will have. Meet the travel at the stations on the way or ioin us on the train for the trip to Fed Square. 

The goal is to receive club and individual Donations prior to or on the day. Make donations at the Stations. Our motto is 'Its the end of the line for Polio'. With your continued support we know it will happen soon.