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 is our fourth year to year to participate in RAAM. This race starts on June 15th, 2019 in Oceanside, CA and we hope to reach the finish by June 22th 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 8endemic countries remaining with just 12 cases reported in 2018. 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.
The name of our team is "Team Rotary RAAMs Polio"! Our team’s goal is to raise $1 million for Rotary’s PolioPlus program and raise awareness of how close we are to eradicating the disease. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give $2 for each $1 donated to make it $3 million! Although there are only three endemic countries left in the world, and just 22 cases in 2017, we still have to immunize the world! More than 400 million doses of vaccine are used each year at 60 cents each. Polio has been eradicated in the US since 1979 but, is only a plane ride away!!
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