And Yet Again a Reason Polio Still Exists

2 Polio Workers Killed in Mohmand Agency, 3 Abducted

By Ali Akbar  Updated March 17, 2018

Two polio workers were shot dead and three others were abducted by unidentified assailants in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency, DawnNewsTV reported on Saturday.

According to Political Administration officials, unidentified miscreants opened fire on the polio team comprising seven volunteers in Safi tehsil of the agency.

Two polio workers managed to escape the attack and reached Ghalanai, the headquarter of Mohmand Agency, and informed about the incident, the officials said.

Attacks targeting polio teams were very frequent few years back but following the military operation, their frequency has decreased over the last few years.

Pakistan along with Afghanistan, the last two polio-endemic countries in the world, is facing militants, who first forcibly stopped vaccination in Swat in 2007 and then in North and South Waziristan agencies in 2012 and thus, leaving at least 160 children crippled.

Officials associated with the anti-polio campaign in the province believe they cannot afford to abandon the efforts due to attacks and lose the gains they have obtained in the prolonged fight against polio.

The authorities in KP and Fata bank on the support of security personnel to eradicate polio from the region for good.



End Polio Now Bike Ride Fund Raiser

Northern California Ride to Eradicate Polio


El Tour de Tucson takes place yearly in Tucson, Arizona attracting 9000 bicyclists from all around the world. This year 114 cyclists registered with the Rotary contingent to participate by paying an entry fee and then raise money in support of their ride for donation to the Rotary International program to End Polio Now. The amount of money raised in November by the Rotary contingent including matches from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is $11,747,548.10.

On April 14, 2018, you will be able to participate in the 41st Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour in Gilroy, California. One of California’s top-rated cycling events with 2000 riders, the Tierra Bella has four different routes, from flat to hilly, you’re sure to find the route that’s right for you. The distances for the routes are 34.6 miles, 62.6 miles, 102 miles, and 124 miles. The Tierra Bella is a separate organization and is in no way responsible for the polio eradication contingent.

You should easily raise at least $1,000 which is set as the minimum amount to be raised by the riders since this is the first year we are doing this. Of course you set your goals as high as you like. There will be an entry fee ranging from $65 to $85 depending upon when you register. We currently have a reservation on 100 slots. We would need to fill them quickly or they will be open for all registrants after the other 1900 slots are filled – the 1900 will fill up quickly.

The question is, are you ready to commit to ride to do your part in the eradication of polio. There are hotels in the Gilroy area but participants are responsible for making their own arrangements. There will be a hot meal at the end of the ride. It will be run by the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen but all from any Rotary district or club worldwide are welcome to participate.

Please contact Charlie Wasser directly at to register for the ride and not with Tierra Bella. That way we can easily keep track of the Rotary group.

Checkout the Facebook event post:

Hope to see you on April 14, 2018 at the campus of Gavilan College in Gilroy where the ride begins and ends.


World Leaders and the Gates Foundation Pledge $1.2 Billion to Help Eradicate Polio

This morning I attended a plenary session at the 2017 Rotary International Convention . The session was mainly about the status of polio eradication. There have only been 5 cases worldwide since January 1, 2017. The last case of polio was February 20, 2017. With the need for no cases for 3 years to declare the world polio free, the date we need to hope for is February 20, 2020.

Rotary International President John Germ siad that we still need $1.5 billion to finish the eradication of polio worldwide. Within 10 minutes he rattled off donations from world countries that are working as hard as Rotary to eradicate the crippling disease. Then he gave us the grand total of donations (aka at this point pledges). The total RIP Germ gave us brought tears. The donors pledged another $1.2 billion. The Gates Foundation extended their 2 for 1 challenege (for every dollar Rotarians bring in, the Gates Foundation will match with anoither $2.) Where it has been a match upo to $35 million a year until 2018, the match was increased to $50 million and until 2020. View the video to hear from world and business leaders…..

For those of you receiving this email and are not Rotarians, we have been requesting people to donate to the polio eradication effort a minimum of $26.50. The $26.50 represents the first deposit made into what has become The Rotary Foundarion in 1917.

Please think about the incredible thing we are all witnessing……we are on the verge of eradicating the second disease that has effected humans in a horrible way.

I ask as a favor for future generations….your children……your grandchildren….and….please considering donating at $26.50 to eradicate polio before June 30, 2017. That is when the current Rotary year ends and it would be great to end the year with high amount of donations considering how much was pledged today. Get in touch with me if you are not a Rotarian and I will handle the process for you. Rotarians please go online at to donate. Satellite club members you can go online also or contact me about your donation.

Yours In Rotary,
President 2016-2018
Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen


Polio Eradication – This Close Please Consider the Message in the Video

Your donation of at least $26.50 will buy enough vaccine to vaccinate 35 children. You will give them a life time free of polio. Get in touch if you need assistance donating. Rotarian or not, please help finish eradication of this crippling disease.

The following video will explain the current effort in Rotary District 5170 to raise funds for the final steps to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Yes, it is that significant!!!

CLICK HERE to view the video.