Polio eradication: when the impossible becomes possible

By Rotary International

Night at the Park attendees learn about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

By Jim Ferguson, governor-elect of District 7550 (West Virginia, USA)

Why did I become a Rotarian? Was it fellowship, networking, building a resume, or some other reason? For me it was about the chance to add purpose to my life and make a difference. And eradicating polio is very important to me.

My amazing mother had polio and I witnessed firsthand how it affected her life. Despite her disability she raised 9 children during some very rough times. Her perseverance motivated me to be an advocate, to raise funds, travel to India to immunize children, and do whatever it takes to ensure no child anywhere in the world is ever crippled by this horrible virus again.

My district has planned several events leading up to World Polio Day. Two of which were held at minor league baseball parks. On 13 July, the Rotary Club of Bluefield, West Virginia hosted Rotary Night at the Park with the Blue Jays in lieu of their regular meeting. Baseball caps were handed out to the first 300 attendees as we enjoyed fellowship and raised awareness for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.

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Source:: Rotary International Blog

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