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One Singular Vision – One Singularly Spectacular Result-Celebrate on October 24!

One Singular Vision – One Singularly Spectacular Result-Celebrate on October 24!

How do you eradicate a dreadful disease from the face of the earth? One vision, one child, one village, one country, and one continent at a time. It has been referred to as the finest humanitarian project by a non-governmental organization. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Rotary International’s vision of a world free from polio started out with a remarkable first-step. In 1978, Dr. Benny Santos asked Rotary International to provide the polio vaccine, and with that in hand, he would organize and mobilize all their national Rotarians to ensure that every child living in the Philippines was immunized against polio. Six million children received the vaccine, and because of these efforts, were given a chance to live without the risk of deformity and pre-mature death. From a noble genesis came a global miracle of faith, action, and consequence. Go Big or Go Home! In 1982, and in anticipation of Rotary’s 100th anniversary in 2005, Rotary International was inspired to take on a larger world vision – to vaccinate ALL children throughout the Entire World! Could it be possible? If not us – then who? I have often heard that if your goal doesn’t scare the living daylights out of you – it is not worthy of you! What a perfect example of this challenge. And so it happened. It was called ‘Polio Plus.’ By 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was established, drawing upon the strength of a public-private partnership. This partnership has grown to include Rotary International, World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and...