Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.
We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.
When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world. We are a responsible organization that uses nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.
Join us in a fight to the finish to eradicate polio, a crippling and completely preventable disease.
As a member of Rotary, I'm happy to report good news in celebration of World Polio Day 2016 on October 24: If we can vaccinate children in the remote areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, we can end polio and protect all of the world's children.
That's a huge accomplishment. There were 350,000 polio cases a year in 125 countries around the world, or about 1,000 new cases of polio a day, in 1988, when polio eradication became a top priority for Rotary International, an international service organization with now nearly 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide.
Rotary joined forces with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to form one of world's largest public-private health care partnerships.
Rotary alone has contributed $1.5 billion to polio eradication efforts, including a September 2016 $8.15 million donation to stop the recent outbreak in Nigeria's Lake Chad region.
However, experts warn that $1.5 billion in additional funds are still needed to ensure we have the resources in place to finish the job.
Fortunately, there is more good news: Right now, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching the funds raised by Rotary to end polio by two-to-one. That means, if you contribute $50 dollars, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $100.
Anyone can help in this battle, just go to www.endpolio.org to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation's fund to fight polio. The Rotary Foundation was recently given a top rating by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates U.S. charities, so you know your dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.
The progress we've made, though significant, is fragile. Please help us end polio once and for all.
District 7500's Dinner celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation
Here are some frequently-asked questions:
• Is there an age limit for volunteers to pack the meals? Yes: from 5 to 105!
• Can I sign up for both shifts? Yes.
• Can I spread the word about my participation on Facebook? Yes.
• What about bringing young people? Great idea! Bring scouts and we’ll give them a patch. Or invite kids needing confirmation hours or National Honor Society service time. And what a perfect Interact Club activity!
• How many people do you need for each shift? From 40 to 80, depending on how many total meals we’ll be packing.
• What’s in the meal packets? Rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a packet of 23 essential vitamins donated by Kraft Heinz.
• Where will our meals go? We can’t give you that location today, because it depends where
the greatest need is in November. But they will go to children in orphanages in one of 47 countries around the world where Stop Hunger Now has a field presence.
If you have questions, contact one of your county coordinators:
• District Chair: DGE Diane Rotondelli (email@example.com)
• Ocean County Co-Chairs: Maureen Raso (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Heidi Tabor (email@example.com)
Thank you Philadelphia Phillies!
VATICAN CITY, April 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 9,000 members of Rotary from across the globe attended the Jubilee Audience at the Vatican in St. Peter's Square on 30 April 2016 at the invitation of Pope Francis.
At the end of the Audience, a delegation of Rotary members - led by Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran - met Pope Francis where he emphasized the importance of vaccinations against polio and urged Rotary to continue.
Pope Francis follows Paul VI and John Paul II in connecting with Rotary to encourage their support of a more peaceful and compassionate world.
"It is a tremendous honor to be part of this Jubilee Audience," said Ravindran. "Pope Francis has inspired men and women throughout the world – regardless of their faith – with his humble acts of kindness. His call to alleviate the root causes of extreme poverty and human suffering transcends religion, age, nationalism and politics. Rotary members from every religion, nation and creed share Pope Francis' spirit of mercy and compassion, which inspires us to act boldly to address the most difficult challenges facing our world today."
By promoting peace, fighting disease, ending polio, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, supporting education, saving mothers and children and growing local economies, Rotary members are improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are on the brink of making global health history as polio is slated to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Cases of this paralyzing but vaccine preventable disease have plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988, to 74 confirmed in 2015. Since launching its PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary has donated US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. More than 13 million people are able to walk today, who would otherwise have been paralyzed from polio.
Pope Francis personally vaccinated a child against polio in Mexico this past February. While he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was named an honorary member of Rotary – making him the first known pope to receive and accept a Rotary club membership.