Oct 222018

BLUFFTON, S.C. — In honor of World Polio Day – October 24 – and Rotary International’s 33-year commitment to the worldwide eradication of the wild poliovirus, the Rotary Club of Bluffton is engaged in a local polio awareness-raising campaign.  The first prong of this campaign was a presentation by Bernie Reidel, a past Rotary district governor and current “End Polio Now” chair,  at the Rotary Club of Bluffton’s meeting on Wednesday, October 3.  The second component of this campaign involves a team of Rotarians, as well as their friends and family members, participating in the Old Town Bluffton Oyster Run on Saturday, October 20 wearing red, “End Polio Now” t-shirts.  Besides the team of Rotarian runners, all of the participants will receive “End Polio Now” bracelets and an informational brochure in their race packets.  Through these efforts, the Rotary Club of Bluffton hopes to increase our community’s knowledge of the ongoing threat of polio; Rotary and its partners’ efforts to eradicate polio; and how everyday people can help spare all of the world’s children from this terrible disease.

In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, a campaign to rid the world of polio.  Since then, the organization and its partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have reduced the number of cases worldwide from 350,000 to fewer than 25 annually.  Over the past 33 years, Rotary has made and secured financial commitments in excess of $12 billion dollars.  Its affiliated volunteers have helped vaccinate more than 2 billion children worldwide.  As of September 26, there were only 18 documented cases of wild poliovirus in the entire world, and the majority were in hard-to-reach parts of Afghanistan.  The complete eradication of this disease is in sight; come join us in the fight against polio!

Anyone interested in learning more about polio and what they can do to help, Rotary, or specifically the Bluffton Club is welcome to attend one of our Wednesday morning (7:30AM) meetings at the Rotary Community Center in Oscar Frazier Park.  For more information about membership, please contact Membership Chair Joanie Iaco, vano9144@bellsouth.net.  Please visit the Rotary Club of Bluffton’s website https://blufftonrotary.org/ for information about our members, projects, and upcoming events.



Lindsay Sutcliffe

Public Image Chair

Rotary Club of Bluffton


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