Kenneth Wimer from the East Shreveport Rotary talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about Saturday's Walk To End Polio at Bossier City's Louisiana Boardwalk.

Wimer tells KEEL listeners about the event, which begins at 8am. Proceeds from the event will go to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund.

From an official Rotary Club release:

Local Rotary members are among millions participating in World polio Day events to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio - a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in many parts of the world today.

 

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9%, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2017. Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985.

 

To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts.