Rotary to raise funds for World Polio Day


Photo courtesy Pagosa Springs Rotary Club

Local Rotarians fundraise for World Polio Day previously. Rotarians will again raise funds for World Polio Day next week on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

By Sam Pittmon | Pagosa Springs Rotary Club

Join with Pagosa Springs Rotary Club on World Polio Day, Oct. 24, to raise funds to end polio. This is an annual event in our continuing efforts to eradicate polio globally. 

We will be ringing the bells and taking donations for this important humanitarian event at City Market on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After decades of efforts and fundraising exceeding $5 billion since 1988, Rotary Club International and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative — including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Vaccine Alliance — are proclaiming that the world is free of polio except for the countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

We are asking the citizens of Archuleta County for your support by donating online at or by mailing your check local to Pagosa Springs Rotary Club at P.O. Box 685, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 if you cannot make it by City Market on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Five reasons to end polio:

1. Polio causes paralysis and sometimes death.

2. Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5.

3. There is no cure, but it is preventable with a vaccine.

4. Only two countries remain endemic.

5. Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk.

We have reduced cases of polio by 99.9 percent since 1988.

Thank you for your support.