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Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease

Ellsworth Noontime Rotary members are among millions reaching out to raise awareness, funds and support to end
polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens  children in parts of the world today. And they want you to
join the fun!

They have partnered with Acadia Bowling Lanes for the 2nd Annual Strike Out Polio fundraiser event. Businesses and community members are encouraged to form a team (up to 5 members) and join them at 23 Eastward Lane for an evening of bowling on March 12, 2019. This family-friendly event will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per team, with all proceeds being donated to the Rotary Polio Fund. Acadia Bowling Lanes will also be serving up food from their delicious menu! The snow date for the event is March 13. Registration forms are available on the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Facebook page or by contacting club president, Leann Beal at
[email protected]

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2017. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year in support of
global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free
countries, putting children everywhere at risk.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.

About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s
most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than
35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at
both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities
to working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to
eradicate polio. To learn more about the local Ellsworth Noontime Rotary club visit
https://portal.clubrunner.ca/7949 or join them at a meeting. They meet Thursday’s from
12PM-1PM at Ellsworth City Hall.

 

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