Date(s) & Time(s)::
August 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Location: Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne
Phone: (260) 402-8272
Anthony Wayne Rotary will host the 5K Run or Walk to Eradicate Polio on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Shoaf Park in Fort Wayne. Polio is a preventable disease that permanently cripples its victims, mostly children. To raise awareness and funds to fight polio, this event will raise money for Rotary International, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative — a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The cost to participate is $15 per person. All proceeds raised go to fight polio and will be matched two-for-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and walk-in registrations are welcome. A Kids’ Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:10 a.m. The 5K Run or Walk to Eradicate Polio begins at 8:30 a.m. Walk-in registrations are welcome.
Rotary International, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries, made polio eradication its top priority nearly 30 years ago. The organization has since contributed $1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help individually immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. This year, Rotary grants totaling $79.5 million in new funding were issued to UNICEF and the World Health Organization by Rotary. Over the years, 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio.
The 5K Run or Walk to Eradicate Polio comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eliminated completely. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and today only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain endemic. However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of 5 in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. There is no cure, but for about 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life. For more information on the progress against polio, visit www.endpolionow.org.
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