Rotarians hike, run, and bike for a polio-free world




翻譯:台北松山扶輪社前社長高永吉 PP Spencer










Polio eradication is Rotary's top priority.


Just as thousands of Rotarians from around the world put on their comfortable walking shoes to hit the aisles of the Salt Palace for the 2007 RI Convention, Crissy Wallace will be looking forward to giving her feet a slight break.


Wallace is mid-way through a six-month, 2,658-mile-walk to raise US$1 million for polio eradication. She is taking a break from the hike to travel to the convention in Salt Lake City, where she will be stationed at a booth talking about her fundraiser. Learn more about Crissy's hike.


The Lake Elsinore, California, Rotarian is among many club members throughout the world who are participating in a number of athletic events to raise funds and awareness for the global fight to end polio worldwide, Rotary's top philanthropic goal.


Wallace's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail began on 21 April, at the Mexico-U.S. border near Campo, California, and will end approximately six months later in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia. The trail runs through California, Oregon, and Washington.


In February 2007, Wallace immunized children against polio in the West African country of Nigeria, one of four remaining polio-endemic countries which also include Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.


"Here in America, children live without the threat of polio, but in Nigeria, children are suffering daily from this silent crippler," Wallace said. "I want to see the poliovirus eradicated worldwide. It only takes .60 cents to vaccinate one child against this virus. My goal is to raise $1,000,000 for Rotary's PolioPlus program."

鹽湖城年會出席的扶輪社員將也可參加在620日上午7:00市中心區的圖書館公園為根除小兒痲痺等疾病一個五公里募款路跑活動。如需進一步消息請與FRED BERTHRONG聯絡。

Rotarians attending the convention in Salt Lake City will also participate in a 5K Fun Run for polio eradication on 20 June in downtown Liberty Park, which kicks off at 7:00 am. For further information contact Fred Berthrong.


Robert Keegan, honorary member of the Rotary Club of North River in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is another Rotarian who is raising funds for polio eradication. He is cycling some 4,165 miles on the TransAmerica Trail from May 15 to August 10 to benefit the global effort to eradicate polio. Keegan, who recently retired from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he played a major role in the global fight against polio, will peddle his Greenspeed recumbent tricycle from Florence, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. Learn more about Keegan's ride through his Web site.


Along the way, Keegan plans to stop at Rotary clubs and towns to raise awareness and funds for a polio-free world. Proceeds from Keegan's trip will go toward polio eradication initiatives of Rotary International and the CDC Foundation.