Posted by Shellie Peterson
World Polio Day
24 October
One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio.
Join with the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs on World Polio Day to donate to  We will be ringing the red kettle bells and taking donations for this important humanitarian work at the City Market Shopping Center from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM!  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match $2 for every $1 donated.
The 6th annual World Polio Day event will take place at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The livestream begins at 18:30 Philadelphia time (UTC -4). Find out how you can take part in World Polio Day, and watch last year's livestream program featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication.  Find out how on
By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed US$2.2 billion, including US$985 million in matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary’s contribution to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988 accounts for nearly 14% of all contributions through June 2017 and represents approximately 42% of private sector contributions.  Rotary is the leading non-governmental voluntary organization contributor to the GPEI.
Five Reasons to End Polio
Polio mainly affects children under age 5
There is no cure, but polio is preventable with a vaccine
Only three countries remain endemic
We’ve reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988
Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk
Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world.  The disease is endemic in only 3 countries, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but unless we reach every child with the vaccine, no child anywhere is safe.