End Polio Now

Countdown to History

End Polio Now… That is the name of a campaign, begun by Rotary International in 1985, to rid the world of the debilitating disease polio. Since 1988 it has worked in partnership with the World Health Organisation, local agencies and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rotary in Harpenden have been a regular contributor to the campaign, donating a share of the money raised by our annual Quiz of Quizzes event. During the Covid pandemic, when we could not hold the quiz, we donated the proceeds from our virtual balloon race to the campaign.

Only one of the three wild polio viruses remains and last year Africa was certified polio-free. But while the virus continues to circulate in Afghanistan and Pakistan the End Polio Now campaign continues and Rotary in Harpenden will maintain its fundraising efforts in support.

Find out more on the End Polio website.

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