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Oct 24, 2015 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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We are now in the final days of Rotary International’s heroic effort to eradicate polio.  While 99% eradicated, much work remains to reach the goal of a polio-free world.  Two countries battle polio and immunization campaigns in countries still at risk of re-infection are ongoing.  

Over the past 30 years, Rotary International has raised $1.3 BILLION and contributed thousands of volunteer hours. Now YOU have the opportunity to play a role in eradicating polio worldwide!

In recognition of World Polio Day, held on October 24th, Rotary District 7780 and the Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH will sponsor the 2nd annual “Bridge the Gap to End Polio” walk. Hundreds of Rotarians, family members, friends and community members will walk the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME to raise awareness and funds for Polio Plus, Rotary International’s 27 year mission to eradicate this child crippling disease.

Register to walk with us on October 24th and take pride knowing that proceeds from your registration and all additional contributions that you make will be matched 2:1 by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation making “Bridge the Gap to End Polio” an event sure to make a global impact.  

Please bring your American, Rotary, state or country flag and join us on October 24th at 8:30 AM at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH to walk the Memorial Bridge as a supporter of this important cause.

In support of those already affected by polio, we will be accepting donations of crutches and walkers on behalf of the organization Crutches4Africa.  

The event is rain or shine. Please note that dogs are not allowed at Prescott Park.

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Choose one of the payment buttons below to register. We can not accept money in Prescott park due to park rules, please pay ahead. Tee shirts are available for $10 each - they are limited in number and sizes and are available on a first come, first served basis..  By registering I(we) have read and agree to the event waiver and release.

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Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours providing polio vaccine to more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk or imported cases.

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than US $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. 

Polio Plus is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.

About Rotary International

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects the 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Event Chair: Susan Von Hemert, Seacoast Rotary

Event Registrar: Carolyn Ostrom, Seacoast Rotary