Rotary Online Makeup Program

Meeting Date: 4 January 2013

Prepared By: George Firican


End Polio - We are "this close" campaign

There is a lot to mention about Rotary and their legacy of a polio-free world. In 1979, Rotary clubs take on a project to buy and help deliver polio vaccine to more than six million children in the Philippines. In 1988 Rotary launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), alongside with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now the partnership also includes the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Rotary has already contributed ~$1.2 billion to the GPEI and this made possible for Rotary and its GPEI partners to reach more than 2.5 billion children with the oral polio vaccine, preventing more than 8 million cases of paralysis and hundreds of thousands of pediatric deaths. Last September, in 2012, Rotary International has made a new funding commitment of $75 million USD over three years to this initiative.

Again, there is a lot to mention about what Rotary has done in regards to this amazing initiative and it deserves its own program as it is very important, but today I would like to talk about their latest awareness campaign.

Polio cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent since 1988, when the disease infected about 350,000 children a year. Although new polio cases are at an all-time low - fewer than 700 worldwide in 2011 - the ~$700 million funding shortfall through 2013 has already curtailed scheduled immunization activities in polio-affected countries. If eradication fails and polio rebounds, up to 200,000 children a year could be paralyzed. This would be unforgivable so a final push needs to be made.


Rotary launched a new website to garner greater support for the global polio eradication effort and I wanted you to be aware of it. When you have time, please go visit it at
They also have a petition on the site that you can go and fill out in order to help Rotary make history and create a polio-free world. So far, more than 6,000 visitors signed the online petition calling for world leaders to commit additional resources to close the funding gap. You can join and sign it here:

Lastly, Rotary is planning to make the world's biggest commercial and you can be part of it by simply adding your photo.




World's biggest commercial: 1:06 min


Simply go to this page on the site: and follow the instructions on what your pose should be in the photograph and then take it, fill out the short form and submit it. They actually offer an easy way of taking your photo with your laptop/computer/tablet/phone's camera. It's all in the instructions.
Once your photo is added to the commercial, you will receive an e-mail notification.

If you are interested to see how many photos were submited from each country, you can see the latest list here:


We are "this close" to ending polio, so let's do what we can to help out. I'll end this with a song from Ziggy Marley, a Rotary polio ambassador, to offer you further inspiration.
Personal Revolution - End Polio Now - Ziggy Marley: 4:34 min

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