Happy hour to eradicate polio

Cayman’s four Rotary and two Rotaract clubs are appealing to the public to attend a free fundraiser on Friday to help wipe out polio.

Service clubs worldwide are joining forces to eradicate the highly infectious disease, in observation of World Polio Day on Oct. 24.

“The World’s Greatest Happy Hour,” will be held at Cayman Cabana in George Town, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to watch Rotary International’s live global update on the fight against polio, which causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.

A signature menu will be available, with a portion of beverage and food sales going toward the global End Polio Now campaign, which focuses on the world being “This Close” to eliminating polio.

The disease remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Since 1985, Rotary has immunized 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the initiative by matching every dollar raised by Rotary with $2, until 2017.

Polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. There is no cure, so the best protection is prevention through vaccination.

Cayman’s Rotary clubs plan to raise money though donations, raffle prizes, corporate sponsorships at Friday’s event.

“The World’s Greatest Happy Hour,” will be held at Cayman Cabana in George Town, starting at 5:30 p.m.