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We've beaten the 1240 Challenge!

Banstead Rotary just donated £1700 to End Polio Now! Add Gates Foundation matching funds and it will be worth £5100!

As people living in Banstead and Rotarians we are very fortunate to live in a country where we are vaccinated as a right, so long as we make the choices to do so!

Rotary made a promise over 30 years ago to eliminate polio from this world and we are so close. As part of the 2019 -20 End Polio Now programmes, The Get Moving to End Polio 1240 Challenge was created.Get Moving to End Polio is a new fundraising activity to support Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign to end polio now and forever. The border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan,is ‘more than 1,240 miles’, so we have focused the figure around our latest campaign.

Please help in this aim, and, help Rotary and its partners keep Rotary’s promise to make sure the last case of Polio is sooner rather than later. Until polio is totally eradicated, every child is at risk of this highly infectious, potentially life-threatening and paralysing disease. There is no cure for polio but there is a safe and effective vaccine. Rotary and our partners continue to give around 2 billion doses of vaccine annually to 450 million children worldwide. If Polio is not eradicated, we could see as many as 200,000 new cases across the world within 10 years. When the world is declared polio free, it will be just the second human disease ever to be eradicated, after smallpox!

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