Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest is raising funds and awareness for Polio
Join us at the 35th Annual Meet in the Street festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 starting at 10am. We’ll be taking donations and handing out information about our Purple Pinkie campaign during the Wake Forest Chamber Meet in the Street.
Polio is a crippling disease controlled in the U.S and all but three countries though immunization. New outbreaks are happening in underdeveloped countries and elsewhere as parents choose to forego vaccinating their children. Help us raise money to eradicate polio around the world and keep it from reoccurring in our own country.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make a donation.
- Any one who donates $1 or more will get to participate in Wakefield Rotary’s Purple Pinkie campaign by adding their fingerprint to our sign, to be displayed at upcoming events.
- Give $1 or more.
- Stamp your pinkie finger in purple non-toxic ink pad.
- Add your fingerprint to our Purple Pinkie for Polio sign and write your name next to it.
- The non-toxic purple ink represents the dye that is applied to children’s pinkie fingers when they’re vaccinated around the world for polio to make sure they don’t get a double dose and that all children in a village have been vaccinated.
By supporting Wakefield Rotary’s Purple Pinkie campaign, you can help kids by making the painful, life-limiting effects of polio a thing of the past.
Your donation today will support immunization campaigns in countries where children remain at risk.
What is Polio and Why Should I Care About it?
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but mainly affects children under age 5.
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of polio: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don’t stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks. Polio is only a plane ride away from the U.S.!
Additional funding will help to end polio now. Every dollar donated to Rotary will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership including Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building. Since 1988, we have immunized 2.5 billion children.
Wakefield Rotary Club members are donating their time and resources to end polio. You can help by making a donation today that will support immunization campaigns in countries where children remain at risk.