Sedona AZ (April 1, 2012) - Rotary clubs in Arizona and around the world are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a world free of the crippling disease polio. A major part of that effort required raising $200 million to match a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through the combined efforts of the Gates Foundation and Rotary International Clubs worldwide, the goal of $355 million was reached in February 2012.
In recognition of Rotary’s commitment, the Gates Foundation contributed an additional $50 million resulting in a total of $605 million which will be spent in support of global immunization activities in polio-affected areas.
The Rotary Club of Sedona accepted the End Polio Now challenge by raising $4,000 through its annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will be held May 5, 2012 at the Tlaquepaque Cinco de Mayo Festival, Portal Lane and SR 179, Sedona Arizona 86336.
Since launching its landmark End Polio Now program in 1985, Rotary International has contributed more than $800 million to the cause and countless volunteer hours logged by Rotary volunteers worldwide.
Although the polio epidemic may be a distant memory to many—cases have been slashed by 99% worldwide—it still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia. Indeed, for as little as 60 cents worth of oral polio vaccine, a child can be protected for life.
Rotary International’s worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women—representing about 33,000 clubs in nearly 200 countries—has embraced the eradicate global polio effort by digging deeply into its own pockets, planning special fundraisers, and rallying community support.
The Sedona Eye and Rotary organizations invite everyone to learn more about this historic opportunity to end polio once and for all at www.rotary.org/endpolio and support the May 5, 2012 Great Sedona Chili Cook-off with a purchase and or a donation.