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 rotary.org to donate. Satellite club members you can go online also or contact me about your donation.

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

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