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I-35W Bridge Lights Up to End Polio Now on October 24

posted Oct 2, 2015, 12:39 PM by St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club
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The I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis will be lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio called End Polio Now.

Rotary International and the Rotary Clubs of District 5950 in the Minneapolis area and central Minnesota, including the St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club, have been engaged in a 30-year campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. When Rotary launched its eradication effort in 1985, more than 350,000 children in 125 countries were stricken with polio every year. Since then, polio cases have dropped by 99% to 359 cases in 2014.  As of the end of September, 44 cases of wild poliovirus had been reported in 2015 in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Africa recently marked one year without wild polio.

Polio will be only the second disease after smallpox to be eradicated. The world is on the threshold of ending polio forever due to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF. 

The Minneapolis City Council has declared October 24 as World Polio Day in Minneapolis. The I-35W Bridge will be lit in the End Polio Now branding colors of red and yellow that day to bring attention and awareness to the final push for polio eradication.

For more information, contact Rotary District 5950 End Polio Now Chair Tim Mulcrone at 952-239-1594 or timmulcrone@aol.com.

About Rotary International
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

About Rotary District 5950
District 5950 of Rotary International is a group of 63 Rotary clubs located in central and southwestern Minnesota. These clubs represent 41 Minnesota communities ranging from Minneapolis to Springfield. District 5950 is one of 533 districts located in 200 countries and geographic areas.

About St. Michael-Albertville Rotary
Rotary is a unique organization that stresses “service above self.” It focuses on helping citizens in our community as well as addressing the world-wide challenges of disease, literacy, starvation and clean water. The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Crow River Senior Center at St. Michael City Center. For more information, visit www.stmarotary.org. 

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