Today is World Polio Day, a day to celebrate the efforts of those fighting to end this disease throughout the world. Polio prevention is a key program for Rotary Clubs throughout the world.

In Bar Harbor today, you can show your support for the Rotary by stopping by the Rotary's Table on Main Street today between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and make a donation of $1.00 or more and have your pinky painted purple!  You can also stop in the Thirsty Whale and order a pint of beer and the Whale will donate $1.00 per pint to Rotary's efforts to fight polio.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988 the incidence of polio had plummeted by more that 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2022. Rotary worldwide has committed to raising $50 million per year over the next 3 years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary's commitment 2 to 1.

Since 1985, Rotary has help immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

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