Rotary Global Swimarathon
The Rotary Club of Cabarrus County invites you to join us in our
6th Annual END POLIO NOW Swimarathon on
February 24, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the West Cabarrus YMCA.
On February 24, 2018 Rotary Clubs around the world host swims for people to end polio. Simply come to the West Cabarrus YMCA some time between 2pm and 4pm and take a swim. No pre-registration required. Our definition of swim is loose, take a plunge, dip a toe in the water or simply donate today to help eradicate this deadly disease.
Caption: MerDaugher (Laura Blackwell) and MerDad (Robert Kirk) thank sponsors as Special Olympians get fired up to swim the first laps for the 2016 Global Swimarathon.
On February 24, 2018 Rotary Clubs around the world host swims for people to end polio. Our definition of swim is loose, take a plunge, dip a toe in the water or simply donate today to help eradicate this deadly disease. There is no cure for polio. However, there is a vaccine, which costs $0.60. For each dollar raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches it with $2. Your support goes a long long way to making the world a better safer place.
In 1985, when Rotary International decided to focus its efforts on eradicating deadly polio, the world suffered from almost 400,000 cases a year. Rotary International has donated $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Now, thanks to Rotary's efforts and its partners, there were less than 100 cases in three countries in 2016. But, because polio still exists, the world is at risk of an outbreak. Please donate today.
Last year's Swimarathon was a great success. It began with the Special Olympics team swimming. Volunteers from three Rotary clubs, Boy Scout troop 59, local high schools, students from China, Community In Schools, 13 community Sponsors and swimmers jumped right in to END POLIO NOW. Great Wolf Lodge helped us increase our impact with a raffle for splash passes. Most swimmers swam one to five laps at the YMCA, some interpreted 'swim' to be splashing in cool mountain streams, tumbling down a snow-covered mountain and even floating in a Venetian gondola. Dr. Robert Kirk swam non-stop for three hours! (For 2017, he has upped his commitment to four hours!! He needs some company during those four hours, so come to the West Cabarrus YMCA on February 25, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 to help END POLIO NOW). The 2016 bottom line: after the match, the ~ $7,000+ raised was translated into >27,000 life saving vaccinations.
Please continue to donate to the END POLIO NOW cause. 100% of your donations go toward eradicating polio and every dollar has the potential to be matched with $2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When polio is eradicated, it would represent the largest public health feat in human history. Until polio is eradicated everywhere, all countries remain at risk of an outbreak.
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- The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
- Polio is deadly.
- There is no cure for polio.
- Polio is completely vaccine-preventable.
- Although a vaccine was available since the 1950’s, there were 1000 new cases per day globally in the 1980’s in over 100 countries.