Rotary invites people to ‘Dine Out for Polio’ Restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales to Rotary’s polio eradication campaign and to participate, customers will have to tell the servers, “I am dining out for polio.”

Dine Out to End Polio was held on Tuesday, October 23, at Cedar Valley restaurants to support the Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley’s (Iowa, US – D 5970) efforts to eradicate polio.

This is the sixth year Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley hosted this fundraising event.

Restaurants throughout the Cedar Valley will donate a percentage of their sales to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.

Every dollar raised will be matched by $2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

To support Rotary’s fight against polio, people go to eat at one of the participating restaurants and tell the server, “I’m dining out for polio.”

Brenda Cressey, Vice-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees, left, accepts gifts totalling $2,000 for the eradication of polio from Lisa Pritchard, Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary Club, and Kathy Getting, Webster City Rotary Club. Don Meyer of Waverly, right, is District 5970's 2018 Foundation Team leader.
Brenda Cressey, Vice-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees, left, accepts gifts totalling $2,000 for the eradication of polio from Lisa Pritchard, Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary Club, and Kathy Getting, Webster City Rotary Club. Don Meyer of Waverly, right, is District 5970’s 2018 Foundation Team leader.

Restaurants include: Cedar Falls Brown Bottle, Waterloo Brown Bottle, Cherry Creek Grill, The Horny Toad American Bar & Grill, Montage, Mulligans, Starbecks BBQ and Tony’s La Pizzeria.

“It is crucial that we do not give up the fight,” says Club President Tom Blanford.

“We must not only eradicate now, but continue to monitor and maintain a polio-free world for years and years to come.”

Blanfords adds, “Polio is not a disease of the past. The knowledge and infrastructure amassed to fight polio has helped combat other diseases as they emerge such as Ebola and Sika. Eradication of polio will have far reaching implications for generations to come.”

The ‘Dine-out’ event was held in observance of World Polio Day on October 24.

Rotary International launched the global fight against polio in 1985.

Since then has helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children as a part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, CDC and the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The number of polio cases worldwide has decreased from 350,000 in 1988 to less than 67 cases as of October 2017.

The Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley meets the first three Wednesdays of the month at Tony’s La Pizzeria in Cedar Falls at 5.15 pm.

Learn more about Rotary’s efforts to end polio at www.endpolio.org.

Source: The Courier

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