On Oct. 24, let's celebrate how far we've come to eradicate polio--and look forward to a future without it. 



October 24 is World Polio Day, a chance for us to reflect on Rotary's dedication to eradicating this deadly disease from Earth. Clubs around the world are finding ways to celebrate our victories and raise awareness of how far we still have to go.

A webcast of a live event,World Polio Day: Making History,will be streamed live to a global online audience atendpolionow.orgfromNorthwestern University’s John Hughes Auditorium in Chicago, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST on Oct. 24.Confirmed panelists includeDr. Bruce Aylward, the world’s leading expert on polio eradication and assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration at the World Health Organization;Dr. Robert Murphy, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health; and U.S. ParalympianDennis Ogbe, apolio survivor and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life program.

This year, World Polio Day fundraisers will have greater impact due to the new fundraising campaign, End Polio Now: Make History Today,recently launched by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation will match two for one every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through 2018.

Learn about the worldwide celebration and Rotary's history in the fight against polio at EndPolioNow.org.