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SLO City Council Proclaims October 24th World Polio Day

Local clubs join Rotary International effort to recognize need to eradicate Polio

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA –  On Tuesday, October 19, Mayor Dave Romero and the San Luis Obispo City Council presented a proclamation recognizing October 24, 2010 as World Polio Day. Present were the presidents of the city’s three Rotary Clubs: Ed Naretto, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo; Craig Darnell, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak; and Jeff Buckingham, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

In 1988, when Rotary International launched their mission to eliminate polio, 1,000 children were paralyzed by the virus daily in 125 countries. Today, only four countries worldwide remain polio endemic, and fewer than 1,700 cases a year are reported.  The world is on the brink of eradicating this crippling disease forever, and Rotary Club International seeks help

. Pictured, LtoR: Mayor Dave Romero with SLO Rotary Presidents Ed Naretto, Jeff Buckingham and Craig Darnell

in their final surge to eliminate polio worldwide.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $355 million dollars to the Rotary International global effort to eradicate polio, $200 million of which is a challenge grant. This is the largest challenge grant ever received by Rotary in its 105-year history as a humanitarian service club, and these funds will be used by Rotary International and their partners, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF, to end the virus once and for all. As a part of 32,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries, the San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs aim to generate funds in efforts to match the $200 million challenge grant.

Polio is a crippling virus that can cause paralysis, sometimes immediately. Its effects are usually irreversible and there is no known cure for the virus. The only way to protect against the damaging effects of polio is to prevent the virus altogether. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the single largest internationally coordinated health project in all of history, and since its inception, occurrence of the virus has decreased by 99%.

To learn more about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, log on to http://www.rotary.org/en/serviceandfellowship/polio/pages/ridefault.aspx.

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October 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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