To do good in our local community, for needy international communities, for the environment and to promote peace on our planet, whilst enjoying each other’s company and making a positive difference in our own lives.
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Maryborough, Victoria  3465
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What's Happening at Maryborough Rotary?
Our speaker this week was Neil Ludscombe who spoke about the John Logan Foundation - a business based charity raising money to assist families with members suffering from gastrointestinal cancers.

Members! WE NEED YOU to ask others to come along to our membership night on November 10th (NOT the 8th as previously announced) because we want to say to them "WE NEED YOU" to join us doing good in the world. Please give the names of prospective members to Garry or any member of the membership committee as soon as possible. Most members in Rotary never ask another person to join - so be different, original and buck the trend! Simply ask someone to come along to our night for a free meal with no pressure.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews stands behind the #SayNO sign at the Hospital.

Thanks to our local Advertiser, we have been able to spread the word about World Polio Day on Monday, October 24th.

{01} What is World Polio Day?
•    October 24th is celebrated as World Polio Day
•    A day to celebrate the great work attempting to rid Polio from the World
•    Work has been spearheaded by Rotary with their PolioPlus program
•    The timing in late October is in honour of the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine
{02} What is Polio?
•    A paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that mainly threatens children under 5 in some parts of the world
•    The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours
{03} What Is PolioPlus?
•    In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children
•    Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
{04} Global Polio Eradication Initiative
•    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary
•    Other partners include the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world
{05} Polio Today
•    Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan
•    Less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015
•    This is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 new cases per day (360,000 per year)
{06} The Challenge Remains
•    The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to:
•    geographical isolation,
•    poor public infrastructure
•    armed conflict
•    cultural barriers
•    Until polio is completely eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks
{07} Ensuring Success
•    Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. These funds help to:
•    provide much-needed operational support
•    medical personnel
•    laboratory equipment,
•    educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations
{08} This Close Campaign
•    Many celebrities have got on board with the PolioPlus “This close” campaign:
{09} What we can do
•    We can donate to PolioPlus as individuals
•    Our Club can donate money raised from a fund raiser
•    Individuals can travel to an infected country and help with vaccinations
•    We can make others aware of these facts

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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
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