Sunnyvale Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is donating $75,000 to the Rotary Foundation as part of the “End Polio” campaign.
An anonymous donor gave $25,000 to the Sunnyvale service club for the cause. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed an additional $50,000 through its matching program. The funds were donated in observance of World Polio Day on Oct. 24.
The Rotary Foundation uses the funds raised to deliver vaccines, train field workers and coordinators, and provide immunization information, laboratory equipment and support, according to End Polio. These efforts target the three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Money also goes toward keeping other countries polio-free until the disease is officially eradicated.
The Rotary Foundation has pledged to raise $50 million per year over the next three years with every $1 donated to be matched by $2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sunnyvale club president Charles Shoemaker said Rotary is proud to partner with the Gates Foundation.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 million in donations to try and eradicate polio. Club members work alongside health workers and with UNICEF to vaccinate people in isolated areas.
For more information on the Sunnyvale Rotary Club, visit portal.clubrunner.ca/2163.
Source:: The Mercury News – Health