Between October 19 and October 25, 2020, the Rotary Club of Orillia collected empty, refundable bottles and cans to raise funds and awareness in support of ending Polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
World Polio Day occurs annually on October 24.
Outlined in the Rotary Club of Orillia’s October 19th media release published on OrilliaMatters.com, “Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 per cent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.”
This year, the Rotary Club of Orillia raised over $1,600 to support the global polio eradication effort. The Rotary Club of Orillia is pleased to share their message of thanks to the community:
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Orillia, we would like to thank the community for being eager to get involved with the club bottle drive fundraiser in support of World Polio Day and the eradication of this vaccine-preventable disease. Without the support of the community, we could not have successfully raised $1647.00.
We would also like to thank the management and staff of The Beer Store at 426 old Muskoka road, Orillia. Without their patience and taking the time to help with the return of cans and bottles collected, this fundraiser would not have been possible.
We the Rotary Club of Orillia appreciate your very generous contributions to our End of Polio event and hope that we may entice you to future events.
Rotary has been working toward eradicating Polio since 1985 and we are closer to getting the job done with your help. It only exists in two countries now.
If you would like to help with any of our Rotary work, we would love to have you as a member.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Orillia or to become a member, visit them online.