Recently several fine actors who are also members of the Port Townsend Rotary Club entertained their fellow Rotarians by performing a musical skit with a Peter Pan theme. The words and message were rearranged to support their goal of raising raising money to help eradicate polio. Thanks in part to the talented actors, it appears the Rotary Club is well on it’s way to meeting their fundraising goal for the Polio Plus program again this year. The proceeds will be forwarded to Rotary International.
Although the Rotary club chose a fun-spirited fundraising theme, polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure for polio, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. The following information comes from their website at http://www.polioeradication.org
The development of effective vaccines to prevent paralytic polio was one of the major medical breakthroughs of the 20th century. With the development and evaluation of bivalent oral polio vaccine in 2009, there are now five different vaccines available to stop polio transmission.
If enough people in a community are immunized, the virus will be deprived of susceptible hosts and will die out. High levels of vaccination coverage must be maintained to stop transmission and prevent outbreaks occurring.
Over $10 billion in financial contributions has been invested in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since its launch in 1988. These contributions have reduced the incidence of polio by 99% and laid the foundations for an infrastructure to be used beyond polio eradication. Rotary International has contributed $1 billion to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
The Port Townsend Rotary is a great group of people who have fun together while working to support and contribute to many important causes. Homer Smith Insurance has been involved with the Club for decades. In this latest fundraiser, Homer Smith III seemed to have no problem dressing up in his Superman pajamas to play the part of Peter Pan’s younger brother. The Port Townsend Rotary Club has recently raised over $4000 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus program.
For a look at the actors and highlights of some of the past Port Townsend Rotary Club’s skits, click on the link below!