By Chelsea Mertz, Community Specialist, Rotary Service Connections
Since starting at Rotary in August 2015, I have been fortunate enough to support both the 2015 and 2016 Miles to End Polio teams. While supporting these teams, I’ve come to know many Rotarians and staff who are committed to funding the fight to end polio. I admire their hard work and dedication; they’ve inspired me to do more, to finally put myself forward and join the ranks of Rotary’s volunteer army.
To think that we are only a few short years from eradicating polio once and for all is exciting. It was only 50 years ago that polio was still creating public panics across the U.S. as within days a child could find themselves within an iron lung without hope of a cure. Today, within the U.S., we are fortunate enough to take the polio vaccine for granted. But that’s not the end of the story. Children the world over should be granted that same privilege – to live without fear of polio. For the past several decades, Rotary’s million-strong volunteer army has seen the transmission of polio halted in all but three countries. We still need to commit the …read more
Source:: Rotary International Blog