Anthony Wayne Rotary to host 5k to Raise Money for Polio Eradication

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 17, 2013

Location: Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne

Phone: (260) 402-1073

Link: http://www.endpolionow.org

Event Description

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

To raise awareness and critically needed funds to fight polio, Anthony Wayne Rotary will host a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne. The 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 for the 5k is $15 per person. Registration begins at 7:00a.m. Kids Mile Fun Run at 8:10a.m. 5K Run or Walk begins at 8:30a.m. Walk-in registrations are welcome.

This 5K Run comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. 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.

Rotary International, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. The organization has since contributed $1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.

A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. There is no cure, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.

For more information, visit www.endpolionow.org.




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