Bernie Riedel, Past District Governor and current District End Polio Now Chair, updated Myrtle Beach Rotarians on the fight against polio. “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,” said Riedel.
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 twice again by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “For every dollar donated, $6 will be directed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to protect children from this paralyzing virus,” said Riedel.
Photo: Rotary President, Don Hovis (l), welcomes speaker Bernie Riedel (r)