We closed the fundraiser on March 15th and wrote a check to the Polio Plus fund of the Rotary Foundation for $1,865. This plus the speaker (Mike Berger) match of $500 gives us a pre-match amount of $2,365. After the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match this will become $7,095 to help end polio in our generation. Awesome!
Thanks to all who made this happen.
You can still join the Rotary Club of Huntsville to help end polio now. We are not doing a specific polio fundraising event on campus this year, but the Gates Foundation match is still available. You can take advantage of this match by using our PayPal donation button. Specify that the donation is for polio in the comments or special instructions field for your donation.
If you have trouble with the PayPal donation process you can always send a check to the Rotary Club of Huntsville, Texas, P.O. Box 186, Huntsville, TX 77342-0186. Write Polio in the memo line.
Here are the datails of last year's Polio Day at SHSU. It was January 29, 2015, and we had a Vaccination Awareness Day and Fundraiser on the Sam Houston State University Campus.
An iron lung was on display from 9 AM to 5 PM at an information table staffed by university student organizations in the Lowman Student Center (LSC) Mall area. Donation jars were used to see which college raised the most money, and donors took photos in front of a backdrop for social media sharing of the fundraising campaign. Student were able to make their mark on the purple pinkie poster. (In the field, the pinkie fingers of vaccinated children are marked with a purple marker to prevent duplicate vaccination.)
A complimentary luncheon was held in the LSC Ballroom at noon. The lunch speaker was ike Berger of Conroe, TX - the Rotary District 5910 Polio Fundraising Chairman. Mike talked about his experience traveling to India to vaccinate children in rural villages for their National Immunization Day.
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Donovan Haines from the Chemistry Department was held in the LSC Theater (by the fountain) at 2 PM featuring Mike Berger, Dr. Jeff Littlejohn from the History Department, and Dr. Todd Primm from the Biology Department. The panel addressed the logistics of global immunization, the history of disease eradication, and the safety of modern vaccines.
The day ended with a 0.5k Fun Run/Walk in the LSC Mall at 4 PM. What is the point of a point-5k run? The point was to raise funds for polio eradication and awareness of the societal benefits of vaccination. A donation was required for participation and participants received a commemorative t-shirt. Here is the t shirt design (pdf).
Here was our video featuring the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Sam Houston State University.
Here is Rotary International's promotional video.
Facts and Figures
The effort will raise money for Rotary International, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative—a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.?
This fundraiser comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus.
However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed US$1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.
Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced from 350,000 a year to fewer than 700 cases in 2011. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002.
A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.
Thanks to all who made it happen.
Thanks to all who made it happen.
If you are unable to make it to any of the events, you can donate to the campaign right now. Donations are eligible for a 2:1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TRIPLE YOUR GIFT. That is a wise choice.
If you have trouble with the PayPal donation process, go to our Fundrazr.com Campaign and use the "Pay with bank or credit card" option.