Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Western Endeavour - Issue No.: 779 Issue Date: 5 Nov, 2017

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Rotary World Polio Day Tuesday 24th October 2017

 

Way back in 1985, Rotary started Polio Plus with the objective to  eradicate polio around the world like what was achieved with the small pox virus. The eradication of polio was to be performed through the mass vaccination of children.

Since 1985 Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion in the program to eradicate polio. This also required the tremendous help of a large number of volunteers to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Donor governments have contributed more than $7.2 billion to the effort to eradicate polio. For a number of years now the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been donating $2 for every $1 donated from Rotary to Polio Plus.  Rotary is committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This will mean an extra $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunisation and surveillance over the next three years.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed in 1988 as a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Oragnisation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Currently there are only three countries that have not eradicated polio: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. This website provides the latest figures for 2017:

http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/this-week/

"More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

It is World Polio Day on Tuesday the 24th October 2017.

 

Laurie Glossop

President

 

EarlyAct Christmas Gift Drive...

Early Act Christmas Present Drive
This term EarlyAct has decided to host a Christmas present drive to give kids a brighter Christmas. We will be donating the gifts that we collect to the Salvation Army. The donation box will be located outside the school office, until Friday 1 December.

Please donate new gifts such as:
• stuffed toys, Lego, craft essentials
• books, puzzles, clothes, balls
• stationery & sport equipment    

Please do not wrap gifts.                             

Let’s help kids receive a present under their Christmas tree this year.

WASRAG...

Water & Sanitation Rotary Action Group

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Special Days
Sat, 18 Nov - Margaret Ingleton's Birthday

Wed, 8 Nov - Jane O'Leary will have served our Rotary club for 13 years

Meeting Rosters
Date
Host
Thanks & Cleanup
3 minute bio
Writer
07 Nov, 17
Vicky Rowe
Peter Batskos
 
Bruce Fielding
14 Nov, 17
Donna Thornton
John Boxall
 
David Fisher
21 Nov, 17
 
 
 
Chris Ford
28 Nov, 17
Peter Batskos
Judy Dinnison
Bruce Fielding
Barrie Heald
05 Dec, 17
John Boxall
Bruce Dufty
David Fisher
Michael Lee
10 Dec, 17
 
 
 
Harry Nesbitt
20 Dec, 17
 
 
 
Jane O'Leary
Upcoming Events
Organiser
Event Name
 
Venue
Date
Time
Reg. By
Community
 
Lake Claremont
Sun, 5 Nov, 17
8:45am
03 Nov, 17
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