For its 106th anniversary, Rotary worldwide has declared war on polio -a crippling childhood disease that affects the nervous systems.
There is no cure for the disease, but early detection and medical treatment with vaccination can save a life.
At Camana Bay last week, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise projected a large illuminated message, End Polio Now, on the side of a building at 89 Nexus Way.
It is meant to draw the attention of those passing the area from now until 9 March to raise awareness of the campaign.
Eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. During this time, the number of cases of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 in 1988 to fewer than 2,000 in 2009, states a press release.
The Cayman Islands has remained polio–free since 1957, while the entire Western Hemisphere has been polio–free since 1991, according to the Public Health Department in 2006.
To learn more about polio eradication, including how to participate in the campaign, visit www.rotary.org/endpolio today.
To make a donation, please visit any of the participating merchants at Camana Bay, approach any local Rotarian, or call Rotary Sunrise PolioPlus Chair Tony Catalanotto at 926-7368.
For further information on the polio vaccine, contact Alice Jane Ebanks, Expanded Programme on Immunisation manager, at 244–2627. Rotary has pledged to raise US$200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The entire $555 million will be spent in support of eradication activities.