Rotary Blenheim 10 2011 photographs

Fri 21st October 2011 - Mon 31st October 2011

The annual 10K run around the beautiful grounds of the World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace. Click on the END POLIO NOW badge to see polio video and the Rotary Blenheim 10 link in the document below to visit the 10K site.

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Your contribution from sponsorship and entering the Rotary Blenheim 10 in 2011 will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyse children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Polio is:


  • A crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, polio (poliomyelitis) still strikes children mainly under the age of five in countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 5 pence worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
  • It can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible.
  • In the most severe cases, polio attacks the motor neurons of the brain stem, causing breathing difficulty or even death.
  • Historically, polio has been the worlds greatest cause of disability.

If polio isnt eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of the disease. More than 10 million children will be paralyzed in the next 40 years if the world fails to capitalize on its US$5 billion global investment in eradication.

 

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