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From left: President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan; President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan; Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ramesh Ferris, Rotarian and polio survivor; President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria; Wilfrid Wilkinson, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair; Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization.

 Global community commits to polio eradication  

Rotary pledges $75 million, then rocks Central Park with End Polio Now message  

Dean, your voice was heard!

Last week was a momentous week in the global effort to End Polio Now.

In a historic special session on polio eradication during the UN General Assembly, Rotary presented nearly 7,000 signatures from the petition – including yours!

Rotary Foundation Chair Wilf Wilkinson announced to world leaders and our partners that Rotary pledges another $75 million to fight polio, adding to Rotary’s total contribution of nearly $1.2 billion since launching the PolioPlus program in 1985. Read more at, TIME and the New York Times. View photos.

Two days later, Rotary shared the polio eradication message on the world stage during the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park, organized by the Global Poverty Project. The concert drew a live audience of more than 60,000 people and was viewed worldwide.  Rock legend Neil Young, a polio survivor, closed the show.

Just before Neil Young took the stage, the End Polio Now message was driven home by actress Archie Panjabi, a Rotary “This Close” campaign celebrity; Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari; Ramesh Ferris, a Canadian Rotarian and polio survivor; and John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary and CEO. Read more and view photos.

Thank you for joining Rotary’s effort to make history.

Together, we can End Polio Now

Thank you,
The End Polio Now Team