Contact: Susan von Hemert

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Oct 25, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Prescott Park
105 Marcy St
Portsmouth, NH  03801
United States

In honor of World Polio Day, which is recognized on October 24th, Rotary District 7780 and Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH are sponsoringBridge the Gap to End Polio” on October 25, 2014 at 9AM. As many as 300 Rotarians, family and friends are expected to walk onto and span the new Memorial Bridge to raise awareness and funds for Polio Plus, Rotary International’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease. Rotary Clubs from District 7780 (southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire) will be participating, helping to make the final push to eradicate Polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match each dollar raised two for one making “Bridge the Gap to End Polio” an event that is sure to have an impact. For as little as $30, your pledge will vaccinate 125 children. Please bring your American, Rotary, state or country flag and  join us on October 25th β€‹at 8:15 a.m. at Prescott Park to stand on the Memorial Bridge as supporters of this important cause.​

The event is rain or shine. Please note that there are no pets allowed in 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. Each family registration includes one tee shirt. Additional tee shirts are available for $5 each.  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 riskfor 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.