Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Rotary’s top philanthropic goal for the last 25 years has been to eradicate polio worldwide. So Rotarians across Australia applaud the Australian government’s announcement to contribute $50 million to assist in the fight to eradicate Polio from the world.

In 1985 the then world president of Rotary International, Australian Sir Clem Renouf, started a campaign to rid the world of Polio. It commenced with a successful national immunization program in the Philippines. Then the focus moved to South America ridding the countries in that vast area of the crippling disease. The program was later joined by the World Health Organisation, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF and in recent years the Gates Foundation.

Over the years Rotarians around the globe have raised over US$1.2 billion in funding for the Rotary “End Polio Now” campaign. Polio has now been successfully eradicated from all countries except Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. In 2010 Rotary funded vaccine to the value of $80 million for a mass immunization program across Africa.

Currently Rotary International is close to completing the aim of raising a further $200 million, which will be matched by a grant from the Gates Foundation. These efforts are providing much needed vaccines, operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents.

The key to the success in eliminating Polio is the program of National Immunization Days. Millions of children are immunized in a single day. It is an incredible humanitarian and logistical achievement. It just has to be “seen to be believed”.

Rotary International are therefore offering a limited number of places for Australian reporters to have the opportunity to travel and witness National Immunization Days in action.

Contact [email protected] to register your interest in National Immunization Days in action.

More information can be found on the Rotary “End Polio Now” campaign on

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Rotary International - Australia

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is Australia’s leading service organisation with over 32,000 members in 1,200 individual Rotary Clubs.
Richard Garner
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