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Upcoming Events
 
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This is the home page of the PARADE   Polio Awareness Ride Across the District Experience.  The  ride will travel through all the Rotaty District 9700 towns and  cities. 
 
Riders are encouraged to find sponsors in their local communities to financially support them in a dollars-per-kilometer challenge to go to the Polio Plus Fund and finally remove Polio from the planet.    
 
Upon arrival in each town, there will be:
Mayorial City Welcome Ceremony
Each Rotary club will be organising a ceremonial event for the arrival of the riders with the assistance of the District Parade Committee
Polio Awareness Information and BBQ 
Each Rotary club will be organising a BBQ for the arrival of the riders with the assistance of the District Parade Committee providing Information flyers, videos, multi media and other promotional materials 
Display of the last surviving Australian Iron Lung
The District Parade Committee will organize for the last Australian Iron lung to be on display at the event for riders and public display 
 
Displays of current status in the battle with Polio
The District Parade Committee will organize for the Polio Plus Displays, Rotary Foundation displays and a wide variety of informative t for riders and public detailing just how very close we are to beating Polio. 
DG John Glassfords Story  (DG John speaks on how this event came about)
 
I contracted Poliomyelitis in 1952 as an 8yo in Kenya my home for 21 years. I was lucky to survive intact.
 
The germ of the idea is basically to create awareness and raise funds in D9700 for PolioPlus and the fact that by 2019 it should be eradicated or close to it, will help. With 9 new cases of wild polio virus confirmed so far up to May 31st 2018. I have my doubts that the declaration of the end of polio will happen for a while yet. There still has to be 3 clear years before it can be declared extinct by WHO.
Then there is the deficit with the GPEI figures showing:
 
"As of 1 April 2016, with the inclusion of all confirmed and pledged funding, the overall best-case funding gap for the 2013-2019 period is US$ 1.3 billion (Figure 6) against the US$ 7.0 billion budget. The pledged funding represents donor commitments for which no signed agreement or cash payments have been received. The confirmed funding constitutes funds that have been received and are available for programme use."
 
Atlanta June 2017: at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio. And with other who donors the total pledged is to contribute US$1.2 billion total to the GPEI for polio eradication efforts.
 
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