Buy a Pizza from Jet's on Tuesday to Help Rotary Clubs Fight Polio

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 10/23/2017 - 18:44

Help Saline Rotary and Rotary International on Tuesday, World Polio Day, by purchasing pizza from Jet’s Pizza in Saline or Dexter.

Jet's Pizza, owned by Jeff and Monica Van Overmeer, is joining the fight against polio by donating 20 percent of all sales towards eradicating Polio across the globe.

To order from Jet's Pizza in Saline call 734-429-9700. In Dexter call 734-424-0810.

Polio has had a strangle hold on the world for too long. Then came a man named Jonas Salk, he developed the first successful polio vaccine, that was announced to the world on April 12, 1955 on the steps of the Rackham Hall on U of M's campus that "declared the vaccine to be safe and effective." 

 Over the past three decades, the world has made tremendous progress toward the eradication of polio. In 1988—when wild poliovirus was present in more than 125 countries and paralyzed 350,000 people every year, primarily young children—the World Health Assembly set a goal to eliminate the disease, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched. Since then, immunization efforts have reduced the number of cases by more than 99 percent, saving more than 13 million children from paralysis. India stopped the virus in 2011, and today, polio is found only in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In 2016, there were fewer than 40 cases reported globally. 

Despite this progress, if we fail to fully eradicate this highly contagious disease, within a decade, we could witness a resurgence of as many as 200,000 new cases annually. Since 2008, more than 20 countries have experienced polio outbreaks—some of them multiple times. Efforts to reach unvaccinated children are often hampered by security risks and geographic and cultural barriers. Furthermore, vaccination campaigns cost approximately US$1 billion per year, a price that is not sustainable over the long term."1

Rotary Clubs across the world have been focusing on spreading the cure to everyone, recently the Gates Foundation has joined this gallant effort. For every $1.00 that Rotary raises to fight Polio the Gates Foundation will put in $2.00 more. Once there have been zero cases reported 3 consecutive years we will great cause to celebrate. For now we have good news to report, year to date, in 2017 there have been just 10 cases reported. It only costs about 70 cents per inoculation, so because of the generous match $1.00 can save 4 lives. Now that sounds like a deal worth billions.

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