The Leader in the Fight to Eradicate Polio
Can you honestly say to your children, your children’s children, and your friends that you took an active role in the eradication of a disease from the face of the planet? Rotarians can.
For over the past decade, Rotary Clubs around the world have banded together in the fight against the polio virus, which continues to cripple children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria, where polio is still running rampant. Pooling hundreds of millions of dollars into the eradication of this disease, Rotary and its partner professional clubs and organizations, including the World Health Organization and the United Nations, are at the brink of eradicating this disease from the world. No children will have to wake up one day to find that they have completely lost the use of their legs for the rest of their lives. You will no longer have to see generations of adults crawling on the streets of India because they are crippled and cannot afford a wheel chair.
The time, the money, and the energy that Rotary has put into the eradication of polio, known as their PolioPlus program, is worthy of recognition from every human on this planet, yet only a small minority segment of society knows of the work Rotary does. This is because Rotary is first and foremost a humanitarian service organization--and add to that, it is an organization that cares more about helping others than receiving credit for the good it does.
Rotary clubs everywhere are service clubs that do service to not only the international community but the local community as well. If you enjoy helping others and bettering the world, then that is the first reason why you should get involved with Rotary. Telling your friends, family, and future grandchildren that you played a role in the eradication of a disease is just whipped cream on top of that cake.