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End Polio Now - Tube Campaign

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Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired men and women who translate their passions into relevant social causes, to change lives in communities.

 

End Polio Now

The Bill Gates "This Close" posters on the London Underground show that "Ending Polio Now" is a key goal of Rotarians across the world and we are 99 per cent there.  Microsoft founder Bill Gates has already donated more than $400 million to Rotary to held with its mission to rid the world of polio.    Rotarians in Britain and Ireland have donated more than £10.5 million to polio immunisation initiatives.
 
Rotary International believes that it is the first private organisation ever to set out to eradicate a world-wide disease. Since 1985, Rotarians have been fundraising and involved in Polio Immunisation Days around the world.  In 1985, there were some 300,000 cases a year.   Now, we are "this close" to eradicating this crippling disease and India has been polio free for more than a year.  With our world -wide network, we are ideally placed to conduct a project like this with our partner agencies. 
 
It is said that every minute of every day Rotary will touch the lives of millions somewhere in the world. 
By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.
In local communities alone, each club raises tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time - supervising community events, running a host of projects aimed at promoting the achievements of young people, coordinating educational programmes, and supporting local businesses.

Members are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others both locally and internationally by combining their skills and resources. Rotary has the community-based network to help.
 
We also organise many social and fundraising events and are welcoming visitors to Rotary in London headquarters in Regent's Park at 6 York Gate, NW1, during the London 2012 Games. 
 
Please come and find out more or contact your local Rotary Club.