Posted by PDG Grant Hocking

From October 1st to 31st Rotarians and friends are being encouraged, once again, to take action to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today. 

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary worldwide has helped to reduce polio cases from an average of 1,000 cases per day in 1987 to just a handful of cases in 2021; a 99.9% reduction. 

If eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year. 

The Rotary Walk With Us campaign throughout October is a fun way to raise awareness and funds to End Polio Now.  Using its user-friendly website (, you can register to walk and set distance and fundraising goals. Alternatively, you can donate to someone who is walking.  For the walkers, the total distance you have set for the month is accumulated over the entire month of October. So, you can walk when, where and with whom you want in a COVID safe way. Each walk is logged on the website along with all donations. It’s easy.  

All contributions through the campaign will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, partners in the GPEI. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductable with receipts issued by The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust. 

An added benefit of the walk event is the positive effect on physical and mental health. 

It would be great to have an End Polio champion at each club to help promote the event, encourage participation and donations, and generally promote the Rotary End Polio cause within the club.  

More information can be found by scanning the QR code on the right (who doesn’t love a good QR code?)  You can also register and/or donate at

Donate today and be a part of the countdown to history. With your help we can end Polio for good