Stoney Creek Rotarians join the fight against polio

News Oct 19, 2020 Stoney Creek News

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.

On this day, Rotarians commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio, once prevalent around the world and considered a national epidemic in Canada during the 1950s, is now found in only three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Rotary International joined the fight against polio when they launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 and became a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through these efforts, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine and the disease is on the brink of eradication.

As great as this is, there also remains the risk that the disease can spread again. Therefore, Rotary International continues to support the efforts of global medical teams.

On Oct. 24, members of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek will join bicyclists, donors and sponsors from Canada and the U.S. for the Pedal for Polio event. Sponsored by Rotarians and led by the Rotary District Governor Frank Adamson, the ride will begin at the Rainbow Bridge and follow both sides of the Niagara River. Canadians will ride to Niagara on the Lake and the Americans to Youngstown, USA. The aim is to raise $200,000 U.S. in support of #EndPolio.

To learn more about the ride, see https://raise.rotary.org/Frank-Adamson/memorial.

Stoney Creek Rotarians join the fight against polio

World Polio Day recognized

News Oct 19, 2020 Stoney Creek News

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.

On this day, Rotarians commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio, once prevalent around the world and considered a national epidemic in Canada during the 1950s, is now found in only three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Rotary International joined the fight against polio when they launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 and became a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through these efforts, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine and the disease is on the brink of eradication.

As great as this is, there also remains the risk that the disease can spread again. Therefore, Rotary International continues to support the efforts of global medical teams.

On Oct. 24, members of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek will join bicyclists, donors and sponsors from Canada and the U.S. for the Pedal for Polio event. Sponsored by Rotarians and led by the Rotary District Governor Frank Adamson, the ride will begin at the Rainbow Bridge and follow both sides of the Niagara River. Canadians will ride to Niagara on the Lake and the Americans to Youngstown, USA. The aim is to raise $200,000 U.S. in support of #EndPolio.

To learn more about the ride, see https://raise.rotary.org/Frank-Adamson/memorial.

Stoney Creek Rotarians join the fight against polio

World Polio Day recognized

News Oct 19, 2020 Stoney Creek News

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.

On this day, Rotarians commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio, once prevalent around the world and considered a national epidemic in Canada during the 1950s, is now found in only three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Rotary International joined the fight against polio when they launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 and became a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through these efforts, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine and the disease is on the brink of eradication.

As great as this is, there also remains the risk that the disease can spread again. Therefore, Rotary International continues to support the efforts of global medical teams.

On Oct. 24, members of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek will join bicyclists, donors and sponsors from Canada and the U.S. for the Pedal for Polio event. Sponsored by Rotarians and led by the Rotary District Governor Frank Adamson, the ride will begin at the Rainbow Bridge and follow both sides of the Niagara River. Canadians will ride to Niagara on the Lake and the Americans to Youngstown, USA. The aim is to raise $200,000 U.S. in support of #EndPolio.

To learn more about the ride, see https://raise.rotary.org/Frank-Adamson/memorial.