The Rotary Club of San Antonio will donate the proceeds of their April 14 Farmers Market to The Rotary Foundation’s campaign to eradicate polio. The Market is held in the San Antonio City Park on the second Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Among the items available
at vendor booths are handcrafted wines, locally-made jams and jellies, honey, plants and herbs, jewelry, kitchen items, home decor, yard art, and more. There are free children’s activities and a basket chance drawing. Hot dogs and sodas are available for purchase.
All money collected from vendor booth rentals and donations are used to support the Rotary Club’s charitable activities. This month the money will be donated to Rotary’s PolioPlus program. With only 22 confirmed cases in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
While significant strides have been made against the disease, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas and conflict zones. Despite a historically low case count, as long as even one child has polio, all children are at risk.
Rotary has committed to raising $150 million over the next three years, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance. Rotary started its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985, and in 1988 became a partner with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 22 confirmed cases in 2017. Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion–including matching funds from the Gates Foundation–and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio.
For more information about the Rotary Club of San Antonio, vendor booths at the Farmers Market, or Rotary’s PolioPlus program, contact club President Winnie Burke, 352-437-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the clubhouse of Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. Visitors are always welcome.