When you tell people that you are supporting Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio in the world most people have no clue what you are talking about. Fortunately for us here in the United States, this terrible crippling disease has not been a health risk since 1979. Some of us old enough to remember seeing people afflicted with polio needing leg braces to walk or lying in an iron lung that helped them breathe, remember well the efforts to have immunizations given to all school-age children. Because of those efforts, the U.S. has not had to worry about another viral outbreak in decades.
This isn’t the case in every country, but the end is getting closer every day. The poliovirus is still a threat, and Rotary has been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio since 1979 when over 500,000 cases still existed every year in developing countries around the world. On Saturday, October 24th, Rotarians will observe World Polio Day and the final continuing efforts to erase it from the globe. Cases still exist in only two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – and with partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we know the end is near.
This year’s observance of World Polio Day coincides with Mesquite Rotary’s 9th annual “Glow In The Dark” Golf Ball Drop fundraising efforts taking place in the Eureka Resort’s parking lot complete with the club’s 4th Annual Car Show, chili cook-off, and a 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students’ art contest.
Come join in the fun and vote for your favorite car while sampling some of the best-tasting chili around! And who knows, you could be the lucky winner of $1,000 cash or one of several other great prizes if your ball should happen to land in the right hole. The party begins at 3:00 pm and the ball drop will take place at dark around 6:30 pm. Ball Drop tickets for chances to win are $20 each or 6 tickets for $100 and may be purchased through any Mesquite Rotary member, or by contacting Keith at 702-427-6278 or the Financial Concepts office at 702-346-7025.