Rotary Global Swimarathon
The Rotary Club of Cabarrus County invites you to join us in our
6th Annual END POLIO NOW Swimarathon
February 24, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the West Cabarrus YMCA
On February 24, 2018 Rotary Clubs around the world host swims for people to end polio. Simply come to the West Cabarrus YMCA some time between 2pm and 4pm and take a swim. No pre-registration required. Our definition of swim is loose, take a plunge, dip a toe in the water or simply donate today to help eradicate this deadly disease.
Polio is a contagious disease that paralyzes, cripples and kills. Within hours of contracting polio, a child is paralyzed. There is no cure for polio but it can be preventable with a vaccine. For each dollar donated, five lives are saved from contracting polio.
In 1985, when Rotary International rallied its efforts to eradicate polio, there were 400,000 cases annually in 125 countries. So far, Rotary International has donated $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
These efforts have paid off. Thanks to Rotary's and its partners, it only takes a drop to save a life from polio! there were less than 100 cases in 2017. However, because polio still exists, the world is at risk of an outbreak. Please donate today.
Your support goes a long long way to making the world a better safer place.
Special Olympians gets fired up to swim the first laps for the Global Swimarathon.
Why End Polio?
In 1985, when Rotary International decided to focus its efforts on eradicating deadly polio, the world suffered from almost 400,000 cases a year. Rotary International has donated $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Now, thanks to Rotary's efforts and its partners, there were less than 100 cases in three countries in 2016. But, because polio still exists, the world is at risk of an outbreak. Please donate today.
Please continue to donate to the END POLIO NOW cause. 100% of your donations go toward eradicating polio and every dollar has the potential to be matched with $2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When polio is eradicated, it would represent the largest public health feat in human history. Until polio is eradicated everywhere, all countries remain at risk of an outbreak.
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- The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
- Polio is deadly.
- There is no cure for polio.
- Polio is completely vaccine-preventable.
- Although a vaccine was available since the 1950’s, there were 1000 new cases per day globally in the 1980’s in over 100 countries.