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Eradicating Polio from our Planet  



Since the mid-80s, Rotary and its partners have been working hard to make history by eradicating the crippling disease Polio from our Planet.

2010 saw cases of Polio worldwide reduced to only 1,352 people - a 99% reduction since starting 30 years ago. 2011 saw numbers drop even further to UNDER 1,000.
To achieve this, Millions of Rotary volunteer hours have ben donated to achieve this result. It's been hard work, but so rewarding.
Internationally, the 33,000+ Clubs that form the Rotary Network have united to this major ambition. We've received $Millions in donations from individuals like you, Businesses and Governments the world over.
In fact - Rotary takes our hat off to one person in particular - Mr Bill Gates from Microsoft Corporation, who in just the last 12 months has pledged yet another$355 Million to this one project. Bill and his Foundation have been a fantastic partner with Rotary on this project over many years and is equally determined to see it through to the END! Thank you Bill.
In partnership, we're all making a real, measurable difference. Although Australia is Polio Free these days, we are still conscious that this horrific disease does remain only one Plane trip away from our shores. No country can let down its guard at this final stage.
Quite simply - we are focussed on ensuring our immunisation program continues to build and reach into every corner of the globe - into the most disadvantaged countries to ensure all of our children are automatically immunised in their very early years. Only then will we see the total eradication of Polio by preventing the disease from passing from one generation to the next.
We ask you to continue to support our Polio eradication project.
Individuals at Port Augusta Club plus the Club itself have proudly donated directly to this project.