Polio Plus

photo (2)The Rotary Foundation and the Gates Foundation Further Collaboration

Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed to extend a fundraising partnership that could generate up to $525 million in new funding for polio eradication as we move toward the final phase in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.

Under the agreement, announced at Rotary’s annual meeting in Lisbon, The Rotary Foundation will match every new dollar on a two-to-one basis up to $35million a year through 2018.  All funds raised through the campaign will support immunization activities in polio-affected countries.  Rotary International and the Gates Foundation have partnered in the effort to eradicate polio since 2007.  “We are at a critical point in the fight to end polio,” said Rotary vice president John Germ, who is heading Rotary’s effort to complete the goal of eradicating poloi “We mut capitalize on this progress to finish the job.  We have a robust plan, the tools to reach each child, and with funding in place, we can win against this devastating disease.  Rotary and its partners remain committed to a polio-free world.”

Durham Rotarians are encouraged to participate in this golden opportunity.  Checks should be made to The Rotary Foundation and designated, “Polio Plus.”

Submitted by Dallas Stallings

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