Join the fight to end polio

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Save the date for Oct. 22, when Rogue Gateway Rotary will host an End Polio Now dinner. Details about ticket sales will be announced soon.

Scheduled 6-9 p.m. at Asante Center for Outpatient Health, 537 Union Ave., Grants Pass, the $100 per plate dinner will raise funds for the effort to end polio throughout the world. A silent auction is planned as well as music and presentations on polio and the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. 

Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since 1979, when we first vaccinated children in the Philippines. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

Rotary’s advocacy has inspired governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion. In 2015, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries, leaving only Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recently, The World Health Organization confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 in Nigeria. We have mounted an immediate response.

Rotary will not stop until every child is born into a polio-free world safe from this paralyzing disease, and you can help. When you buy a ticket to our End Polio Now Dinner, $65 of the $100 price is donated directly to End Polio Now in your name. At the dinner, you will learn more about the disease and how we can end it — once and for all.

No child anywhere should suffer from polio, a completely preventable disease. Help us celebrate World Polio Day 2016 (Oct. 24) by attending Rogue Gateway’s End Polio Now dinner.

And read more stories about Rotary’s worldwide effort to end polio, visit http://www.endpolio.org/stories.

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