Oct. 24th was World Polio Day.
Rotarians from Prince Edward Island celebrated with a flag rasing and the signing of a proclamation declaring World Polio Day on PEI. Seen here at the flag raising and the reviewing the proclamation are Tom Campbell President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, members of the Island Rotary Cubs along with Island MLA Forrest ( Bush) Dumville Past President of the Rotary club of Charlottetown. www.endpolio.org
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. Even before 1985, many Rotary Clubs were instrumental in helping children deal with the impact of Polio. This is one of the reasons behind our Club's support for the construction of Camp Gencheff in the early 1960's and our ongoing support, in addition to our Club's operation of Easter Seals PEI since 1956.