Thursday, October 27, the Rotary Club of Livonia was presented with a Proclimation for their efforts toward the eradication of Polio.  Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey presented the proclimatiton to past President Ron Gaffney, current President Bob Moore and assistant District Governor Dave Cash at a prestation that took place at Livonia City Hall.  The Rotary Club of Livonia is contributing $5,000.00 to the eradication of polio. 

Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.

Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 1,300 reported cases in 2010. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths.

As of September 15th, 2011, Rotarians have raised about $190 million for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high and we are “This Close”.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Livonia and how you can become involved in your community, please visit our website at: www.livoniarotary.org. Mark your calendar for Monday evening, January 23, 2012 as we are having a family membership night for individuals who want to know more about Rotary, details will be published soon.