We'd like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and explain an upcoming event we will be participating in? It is called the Race Across America, better known as RAAM. We have assembled a four rider team along with a crew to represent rotary Clubs from around the world participating in the Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio throughout the world. This race starts on June 16th, 2018 in Oceanside, CA and we hope to reach the finish by June 23th in Annapolis, MD. We will travel approximately 3,000 miles during what has been called one of the toughest events in the world.
When Rotary International and its partners (World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and UNICEF) started this campaign in 1985, there were 127 endemic countries in the world with 350,000 cases reported per year. Through this aggressive campaign, today there are only two endemic countries remaining with just 37 cases reported in 2016. Wiping out Polio will be only the second disease ever eradicated, with Small Pox being the first. Our goal of total eradication is in sight.
We have chosen “Team Rotary RAAMs Polio” as our team name. Rotary's goal is to raise 10 million dollars for Polio and increase awareness on how truly close we are to eradicating this disease. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching 2 to 1 for every dollar we raise. So, our 10 million becomes 30 million. Even though there are only two endemic countries left, we are still immunizing the world and using over 100 million doses per year at 60 cents each. There has not been a case in the USA since 1979, however, it is just one plane ride away. Like the 1.2 million worldwide members in Rotary, it is our hope you will also see how important it is that we rid the world of this awful disease.
We are seeking financial support to End Polio Now. Will you consider supporting our team by making a tax-deductible** donation?
We’re not taking this event lightly. RAAM is an intense, grueling, and challenging bicycle race. However, it is not as grueling or as challenging as living with polio. Just think, children that you will likely never meet will be able to walk (and ride a bicycle) because of your generous gift.
Thank you for your consideration,
Team Rotary RAAMs Polio
For more information about the END POLIO NOW campaign click here.
We are this close to ending polio (:59)
Race Across America
World Polio Day 2016 (47:59)
How Rotary Polio Plus campaign is eradicating polio (2:22)
Champion Dennis Ogbe's story (1:13)