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Clubs Asked to Set Higher Goals for Polio Plus

By Delane Wycoff

As the new 2012-2013 Rotary Year begins, all clubs in District 5630 are asked to give top priority to increased giving for Polio Plus. Although the goal of polio eradication seems to be drawing closer, there is a terrible risk for rapid setbacks because of lack of funding for vaccinations. Currently, there are an estimated 2.7 million children, at risk, who have never re-ceived even a single dose of polio vaccine. These children live in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo where polio remains active and new cases are continuing to be re-ported. It would not take much for a serious outbreak to occur when so many unvaccinated children are in proximity to active regions of persistent polio activity. The need for funds has never been more critical because success or failure hangs in the balance.

How much did your club raise for Polio Plus, last year? Could you do better this year? Of course, you could! And I hope you believe you should.

Experience shows that goals are important in achieving success for any fundraising effort. Consider your club goal for 2012-2013. Please get as many members as possible to be part of discussing your goals. If you have “naysayers”, ignore them. Think positively, and with some attention and effort you will be amazed at what you can achieve, in just one year. Good luck!