Former District Governor Bernie Riedel recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, providing an update on Rotary’s initiative to eradicate polio and urging Rotarians to help continue the fight. Riedel, who joined the meeting via Zoom, currently serves as the District’s End-Polio Co-Chair.
“Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979,” he said.
Members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach have continued their support in eradicating polio
through donations that are matched at the Rotary district level and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
They are one of more than 25 Rotary Clubs scheduled to participate in the 1,000 Mile ‘Run with Bernie’ Challenge which kicks off July 1, 2021 and ends October 24, 2021 (World Polio Day). Bernie has a personal goal of walking/running/biking 1,000 miles and encourages others—teams and individuals–to join him in this quest
The goal is to raise money and awareness for Polio, and just have fun! “There’s no doubt we will achieve all three,” said Rotary President, Terrance Herriott.