Flagler Beach, Bunnell and Flagler County Rotary Clubs Recognize World Polio Day with Proclamations
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PALM COAST, Fla. - Floridant -- World Polio Day is October 24 and Rotary members in Flagler County are taking action to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in various parts of the world today.

"Local Rotarians are committed to raising funds and drawing attention to the importance of Polio eradication," said Roseanne Stocker, president of Rotary Club of Flagler Beach. "As long as there are cases of Polio anywhere in the world, Rotarians won't rest," Roseanne added.

The three dates/times that the proclamations will be read are as follows:

●      Oct. 12 Bunnell Commission Meeting, 7:00PM
●      Oct. 19 Flagler County Commission Meeting, 5:00PM
●      Oct. 22 Flagler Beach Commission Meeting, 5:30PM

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We've made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary remains committed to the end.

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With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985. Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio. Visit https://rotarydistrict6970.org/ to learn more about Rotary.

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About Rotary
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world.

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