October 24, is World Polio Day
Together we can celebrate this year's World Polio Day by bringing global attention to Rotary's work to eradicate polio.
As close as we are to eradicating polio, it will take $6 billion over the next six years to finish the fight. There are several ways you can help.
Share the news by posting on the Rotary District 5050 Facebook page as well as your personal and club Facebook sites and other social media sites.
Be part of the World's Biggest Commercial to support polio eradication by adding a photo of yourself alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" campaign. Check out the prelaunch video to see how it works. On October 24th, go to www.endpolio.org to be included in the constantly expanding commercial.
Many of our celebrity polio ambassadors who participate in the "This Close" campaign are also accomplished musicians. Several of them donated music to the End Polio Now album to help raise funds to eradicate polio. On October 23rd, The Rotary Foundation released the End Polio Now album via iTunes and http://shop.rotary.org/ (note: this link seems to be overwhelmed today, so if you can't get through today, try later). The album includes songs by Itzhak Perlman, Zeynab, Staff Benda Bilili, Angelique Kidjo, Donovan, Dan Maraya Jos, J-Hawk featuring Tanvi Shah, Nydia Caro, Ziggy Marley, David Sanborn, and Eric Wainaina.
The creation of a page on the social media service Thunderclap enabled supporters to sign up to share a single message through their social media accounts. The message went out at a 9 am EST on the 24th to amplify the voice of our cause. Click here to see the message that was sent
The best way to show your support is to contribute by clicking this link to end polio.
Note to Canadian Rotarians: the Government of Canada and the Gates Foundation have agreed to match any polio donation by Canadians. Every $1 donated will equal $3 towards the PolioPlus campaign.
You save almost 2 children for every dollar. Donate $10 or more to show your support for Rotary to help us End Polio Now!