Rotary Club Papatoetoe Central members on Thursday, October 24 campaigned around the South Auckland region on 'End Polio Day' and raised funds to help the affected overseas. 

"We are proud to be part of World End Polio Day, it was great networking around Papatoetoe and we collected and donated almost $3000," PJ Dhatt, from Rotary Club, Papatoetoe Central said. 

On World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world hold events and fundraisers to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio.

"We also campaigned in the area about polio awareness to the local communities and all the funds raised will go to countries that need the help," the spokesperson added. 

Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to ending polio since 1985. 

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day.

"We’ve made great progress against the disease since then.

"Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 per cent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan and we remain committed to the end". 

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine.

Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.