West Africa Project Fair captures the essence of Rotary

By Rotary International

Polio awareness walk

Nigerian Rotarians and polio survivors raise awareness for polio eradication in Port Harcourt in advance of last year’s World Polio Day.

By Brett Davis Sr., Rotary Club of Kennebunk, Maine, USA

My adventure started when our club president presented the opportunity to travel to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to attend the West Africa Project Fair and participate in polio eradication efforts. I took advantage of this opportunity and what a tremendous trip it was!

Brett Davis Sr. (left) with another member of the team.

The first of many wonderful experiences during the trip involved a 5 kilometer walk to raise awareness of polio on World Polio Day. We joined Rotarians and polio survivors in the heart of Port Harcourt. Many of the polio survivors were using their hands to propel their respective skate-board like transportation devices along the roadway. I was inspired as they chanted “End Polio Now,” and “Kick Polio out of Nigeria.” I was humbled to be in Nigeria – one of three countries still battling polio, and to be walking side by side with a hundred or so courageous survivors of this terrible disease. It strengthened my resolve and gave me a renewed conviction to do my part to End …read more

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