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Charity Walk raises €780 to help eradicate Polio

CHARITY WALK RAISES €780 TO HELP ERADICATE POLIOAlmancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) has for many years been supporting the Rotary International Campaign which aims to eradicate Polio in countries throughout the world.  The club has been raising funds with, amongst other events, an annual sponsored walk along the Ria Formosa at Quinta do Lago.

Charity Walk raises €780 to help eradicate Polio.However, due to the wretched virus the walk was unable to take place in 2020.  Thanks to the improved situation and a relaxation of the rules it was possible to reinstate the event which took place on Saturday.

Led by members of the São Brás Salvation Army band, more than 50 adults plus children took part helping to raise 580 euros for the campaign.  A further 200 euros was raised by a club member who held Yoga classes and donated the proceeds to the Polio campaign.

Following the walk the participants were treated to a fantastic picnic of cakes and drinks prepared or donated by members. 

Many people may remember the devastating effects of polio during the pandemic of 1949-1952.  In 1952 a vaccine was developed and in 1961 a more easily administered vaccine was developed which increased the ability to easily protect people throughout the world. 

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 50 years as a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Thanks to this initiative and assisted by fundraising efforts by Rotary Clubs throughout the world and in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%.  Currently polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan so it’s important to continue efforts to free these two countries from this devastating disease and to keep other poor countries free of this illness.  If all eradication efforts stopped, within 10 years polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.

AIRC President Volker Biebesheimer, thanked the organisers, participants and donors for their efforts and generosity which helped to raise almost 800 euros in total.

For further information on Almancil International Rotary Club, please see www.rotaryalmancil.org

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