By Emily Figueiredo, Del Mar Rotary Club Publicity Chair
In 1985, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus campaign, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative. Since then, Rotary clubs around the world have joined this global fight to eradicate the crippling disease of polio. As of now, only three countries have current polio cases and the world is 99 percent polio free. The fight isn’t over and more funding is being provided to see the end of this potentially fatal infectious disease. The Rotary Club of Del Mar is dedicated to the effort financially and has sent club members internationally to aid in vaccinating children in third world countries.
Celebrities, politicians and Rotarians all over the world are demonstrating their support by snapping photos of their hands showing just how close the world can be to polio freedom if we all join together. On Feb. 7, the Del Mar Rotarians took a photo to join the “This Close” awareness campaign set forth by Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of Del Mar invites community members interested in the fight against polio, local and international service or sharing a great lunch with new friends to visit www.delmarrotary.org. We meet Thursdays at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar.