The “World’s Biggest Commercial” is being created to raise awareness of the ongoing effort to eradicate Polio, worldwide. The members of the Flagler Beach club are joining Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and over 75,000 others in drawing attention to the fight against Polio.
After nearly 30 years, and immunizing more than two billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of making history. As the commercial says “We are This Close”.
When Rotary began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries every year. Since then, polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent.
Fewer than 700 new cases were reported in 2011, and the wild poliovirus today is confined to isolated pockets in only three countries. They truly are “This Close” to ending polio forever.
But if they don’t finish the fight right now, polio could quickly resurge, with devastating consequences. More than 10 million children could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. This once-in-a-generation opportunity would be gone forever.
Visit http://thisclose.endpolio.org to view the commercial and learn more about the effort to eradicate Polio.
Contact information for this press release: Tim O’Donnell, 386-986-6416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Rotary International: Rotary International is a service club establish in 1905 by Chicago area businessmen. Today there are over 1.2 million members worldwide in over 32,000 Rotary clubs. These clubs have a diverse membership but all focused on supporting their community and Rotary Internationals global outreach programs. These programs include eliminating polio worldwide, building safe water wells throughout the world and providing shelter to areas struck by natural disasters. For more information about Rotary International please visit: www.rotary.org.
About the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach: The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach was chartered in November 1991 and currently has 32 members; we are part of Rotary District 6970.
Our membership is a most compatible group of local business and community leaders from the fields of business, law, education, real estate, and government; including those who have retired from successful pursuits in these fields. During the winter, our attendance swells with the coming of our Snow-Birds. All are welcome, of course, and are included in all our social and civic activities. Our Program Speakers typically address a variety of interesting and important topics.