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Rotary Club of Granby fights to end polio worldwide, fundraiser on Oct. 24

In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on October 24, the Rotary Club of Granby is having a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Maverick’s Grill from 5 p.m. to closing. This is part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than US $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated

Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — although other countries remain at risk for imported cases. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need help.

“Rotary has a long history of tackling humanitarian challenges on both a worldwide and local level,” said Granby Rotary President Susan Baird.

“This is an opportunity for Grand County residents to be a part of history when polio is finally eradicated. Order dinner and a percentage of the night’s proceeds, as well as any funds from exciting locally donated silent auction items, will be used to finally end this crippling disease. All funds are matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation 2:1.”

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