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					                     ROTARY CLUB OF _______________


For Immediate Release
CONTACT: (Name                  )
TELEPHONE: (Number              )


  Local Rotary Club(s) Raise (or Hope to Raise) $_______ to End Polio
                                          Now!


       The Rotary Club of [insert name of city] has raised (has committed to raise)
[$________] to help eradicate polio worldwide. The local fund raising effort is part of
Rotary International’s pledge to add $200 million to the $355 million in challenge grants
received recently from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
       More than 3,300 Rotarians in 51 clubs throughout Wyoming, Northern Colorado
and portions of Nebraska and Idaho are joining together during the month of October to
highlight End Polio Now fund raising efforts. During that period, the Rotary Club of
_____________ will (list key events and activities.)


       “There are more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 200 countries with some 1.2
million Rotarians,” (local Rotary club spokesman) said.    “We’ve embraced the effort by
digging deeper into our own pockets, planning special fundraisers and rallying
community support,” (he/she) said.


       Rotary made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. As the volunteer arm and
lead private sector contributor in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary
has since contributed more than US$800 million, and its members have logged countless
volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.
       “The extraordinary dedication of Rotary members has played a critical role in
bringing polio to the brink of eradication,” says Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation. “Eradicating polio will be one of the most significant public health
accomplishments in history, and we are committed to helping reach that goal.”


Local Rotary volunteer [Insert club spokesperson’s name] views Rotary’s fundraising
       efforts as a way to fulfill the organization’s promise of a polio-free world.
       “Twenty four years ago, we made a pledge to end this crippling and potentially
       fatal disease – once and for all. As we stand on the brink of victory, we will do
       everything within our power to fulfill this promise to the children of the world.”


       Remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the
number of polio cases has been reduced from over 350,000 a year to less than 2,000 in
2008. Today, 70 percent of the world’s population lives in polio-free countries. The
Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and
Europe in 2002.


       A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of
five in countries in Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes
death. As there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60
cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected against polio for life.


       Rotary invites everyone who wants to learn more about this historic opportunity
to end polio once and for all to visit www.rotary5440.org for more information. Public
contributions for the End Polio Now campaign can also be sent to The Rotary Club of
__________________ at (mailing address, website or local telephone number.)


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