HARRISON, NJ — Held in conjunction with the Red Bulls, Rotary Day will be held on Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison to benefit PolioPlus.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio.
Each year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $9 billion to the effort. Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1000 cases per day.
Rotarians work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Today, there are only two countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide logistical support.
To order a $27 ticket to Rotary Day at Red Bull Arena, where the New York Red Bulls will take on New England Revolution, click HERE.