By BLAKE BOYLE
For The Vista
World Polio Day is this Thursday, October 24.
And that is why the Fairfield Glade Rotary wants you to join them at 5 P.M. that day at the Plateau Creative Arts Center for an important meeting.
That is when Rotarian Deanna Magdich and her husband, Phil, will give a talk and slideshow presentation on their recent trip to India to participate with fellow Rotarians from around the world in immunizing thousands of children from India.
On World Polio Day, Rotary International will launch the “World’s Biggest Commercial”, an innovative, interactive campaign at endpolionow.org that gives everyone a chance to participate in Rotary’s “This Close” campaign in raising awareness and support for total polio eradication.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.
As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention, For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
After an international investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.
The disease remains endemic in three countries –Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan – although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
Local polio survivors have been invited to this Fairfield Glade event. Please make plans to join them for an informative talk by Deanna & Phil Magdich.
Note: In 1988, Rotary helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort.
Overall, the annual number of new polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when polio infected about 350,000 children a year. Only 223 new cases were recorded for all of 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths.