Members of the Whitesburg Rotary Club will join Rotary clubs around the world in observing World Polio Day on Friday, October 24, at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in downtown Whitesburg.
The event, which is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m., will include a short program with guest Carol Ison, a polio survivor. In addition, Rotarians will be on hand to distribute information about the disease and Rotary’s efforts to add it as the third disease to be completely eradicated worldwide. Light refreshments will be served.
As a result of Rotary International’s efforts to vaccinate children throughout the world, polio remains endemic to only three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. India became the latest country where polio has been completely eradicated earlier this year.
Rotary International’s “We’re This Close” campaign to complete worldwide eradication of polio has enlisted celebrities, politicians, business leaders, and humanitarians, among many others, to highlight those efforts.