World Polio Day is October 24. We are looking forward to every club recognizing this day with an awareness event or fundraiser. We are getting the message out to every club about polio this year! If you need a speaker to come to your club, please contact the Chair.
We are committed to helping you reach Rotary’s goal of 20% of District Funds dedicated for polio for each club in our District. We have some great ideas here.
Rotary, along with its global partners, has launched the largest peacetime army of volunteers and activists in the history of the world for one purpose: To eradicate forever from the face of the earth the devastating disease of Polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every gift through Rotary at a 2:1 level, tripling your impact on polio eradication.
“I was in a slum in East Delhi, and I held a nine month old girl named Hashmin in my arms. My dad and my sisters were with me, and we talked to Hashmin’s mother in the courtyard outside her home. Hashmin was dressed in a beautiful bright orange dress. She obviously didn’t understand why people were poking her legs and looking so serious. But she’ll never be able to kick a ball around, never be able to play hide and seek with her friends, because she has polio.
“As I held Hashmin, I thought, We can end this.”
Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
Here are some ways you can help raise money for PolioPlus:
- Sell “End Polio Now” pins – Rotarians love collecting pins and this is the easiest way to raise awareness and funds. I’d suggest a $10 donation for each pin sold. The Committee Chair has extra pins available for you!
- Use the World’s Greatest Meal to end polio. Clubs love sponsoring meals and this is something Rotarians are good at doing. It can mobilize the whole community. Clubs can either designate one of their regular club meetings to be a World’s Greatest Meal day and encourage members to donate on the website, or host a separate event.
- Encourage every member to have a “This Close” bumper sticker or sell t-shirts. Lots of people don’t like having bumper stickers on their car nowadays but many people find it more fashionable to have a bumper sticker on their laptop or briefcase–this also helps it to not get lost at the airport! ( http://www.bestclubsupplies.com/End-Polio-Now-Bumper-Sticker/productinfo/R56103/ or http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7010/1778/html/44584/end_polio_now_magnets.htm)
- Ask Rotarians to consider purchasing a print of the Rotary meeting sponsored by PDG Leigh.
- Challenge every Rotarian to to follow the End Polio Now page on Facebook and donate $5 in the process. Encourage Rotarians to publicly ask their fellow club members to follow the page on Facebook. Have the club Sergeant-at-arms collect “club happy money” from Rotarians who aren’t able to do this in a timely manner.
- Hold any kind of fund raising event such as a golf tournament and publicize it with a viral video on Facebook.
- Encourage Rotarians to use the Rotary International Credit Card as 0.5% of all purchases go directly to the PolioPlus fund.
- Encourage Rotarians to designate the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as their charity on Amazon Smile and whenever they are going to shop on Amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com instead (donates 0.5% of all Amazon purchases to Rotary). Note that there are a lot of imitator charities listed on Amazon Smile that purport to represent Rotary and/or the Polio campaign but the Rotary Foundation in Evanston, IL is the correct organization.
- Donate by text by texting “polio” to 90999 to donate $5 to the polio campaign.
- Publicize in the local paper or on a local billboard (can use the following graphic templates for publicity: http://www.frankdevlyn.org/endpolio/download.htm#Special_Graphics_for_Billboards,_Newspapers_&_Posters )
- Encourage Rotarians to find a local lighting company and light up a monument near their club with the End Polio Now logo.
Resources and Links
Spring 2016 PolioPlus Update (PowerPoint)