GOLD COAST ROTARY BALL TO END POLIO NOW

GOLD COAST ROTARY BALL TO END POLIO NOW
BURLEIGH Heads Rotary Club will hold a star studded black tie charity dinner on Saturday, 18 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott to raise funds to end polio globally as part of Rotary's 100-year anniversary celebrations.

Keynote speaker will be Australian Olympic gold medallist Steve Bradbury who won the 2002 Winter Olympics 100m short track speed skating event. He is better known as "last man standing".

Burleigh Heads Rotary Club international service director, Johnny Bueti, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates & Melinda Gates have joined forces with Rotary International and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to continue the final phase of humanity's fight against Polio.

"Since eradicating smallpox, this will be the second human disease mankind has all but eradicated to make our world safer for all children. In Australia alone, there are over 300,000 polio survivors.

"Since 1980, Rotary International has been spearheading a global immunisation program to eradicate this crippling virus. WHO believes if we continue this final phase in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria in the next two years, by 2020 the world will be free of polio virus.

"All men and women around the world who are under 35 years old today are living safe from being paralysed by the deadly poliovirus because of Rotary's persistent global efforts. Since 1980 Rotary has raised US$1.4 Billion to immunise 2.4 Billion children in 200 countries and territories so they could live a full life," Mr Bueti said.

Burleigh Heads Rotary Club president, Catherine Pevy-Trewartha, says the event will bring together 400 CEOs, Directors and influential men and women of the Gold Coast to help raise $100,000 towards Rotary International's End Polio Fund.

"Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged to match $2 for every $1 raised in the fight against polio so attending and supporting our black tie dinner is a very practical way to help eradicate polio," she says.

For more information go to www.burleighheadsrotary.com.au.

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