We are this close to the Polio End Game; we shall marvel that the disease was eradicated for good in our time.
“Rotary International District 9212 has launched the Polio Endgame Campaign that aims to raise USD 1,000,000, which will be matched by Rotary International and Bill & Melinda Gates – 6 times to make our contribution USD. 6,000,000. With this contribution it means we shall be able to immunize 18,000,000 children around the world,” ~ Alex Nyaga, District Governor Nominee 2020
“I nearly lost a chance at love because of Polio,” Collins narrated how Polio changed the course of his life during his heartfelt talk at the Rotary Club of Lang’ata meeting on October 24th 2019.
Collins now stands strong as an ambassador against polio, offering counsel and encouragement to persons with disability while championing for children under 5 years to get vaccinated against the crippling and deadly virus.
Rotary International commenced the army against polio in 1985 and was later joined by World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and United Nations Children’s Fund. Since then, more than 250- 400 million children have been vaccinated every year, bringing down the affected countries to two globally.
Various Rotary Clubs came out guns blazing, holding exciting and engaging fund-raising events such as Rotary Club of Lang’ata’s glitzy black-tie dinner at The TradeMark Hotel, a Foundation Dinner graced by Rotary International Vice-President Yinka Babalola and the Inaugural Rotary Olympics championed by Rotary Club of Nairobi East.
The campaign has also seen a number of Rotary Club of Lang’ata members becoming Paul Harris Fellows, which acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Rotarians are encouraged to raise their shields, give unceasingly and be a hero to each of the 18 million children at risk of this debilitating disease that catches its victims unawares. Donations can be sent through PAYBILL Number 891300 account name POLIO.