Former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has pledged a total of $355 million to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio. Rotarians have pledged to match that with a further $200 million within three years. To date, Rotarians have committed more than $60 million toward the original $100 million Gates challenge grant awarded in November 2007.
“The extraordinary dedication of Rotary members has played a critical role in bringing polio to the brink of eradication. Eradicating polio will be one of the most significant public health accomplishments in history, and we are committed to helping reach that goal.”
Rotary International Help
PolioPlus is the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history. It aims at nothing less than eradicating the dreaded disease of polio from the world. For more than 20 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a challenge grant of $255 million to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.
The challenge for Rotary International is to raise a matching $200 million within three years. Rotary is committed to that goal. Rotary will spend the initial $100 million within one year in direct support of immunization activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
Feed the Pig
The Polio Pig makes the rounds at each lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas West. We feed him cash to help end the scourge of polio.
The Rotary Club of Las Vegas West shares the goal of Rotary International to eradicate polio from the world. As one of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Las Vegas West has accepted the challenge to help Rotary International match the $255 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation within three years. In addition, individual Las Vegas West Rotarians have pledged to join Rotary’s army of volunteers to actually give the drops of life in national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.