SOMERS, N.Y. – Members of the Northeast Westchester Rotary of Somers/Katonah joined Rotary District 7230 members in the Bridging the Cure to Polio walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday to raise money for the PolioPlus program.
Participating members included Steve Ucko, John Katzenstein, Crystal Keets, Stan Herz-Perlman and his wife, Joan.
Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through mass vaccination of children.
Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $9 billion to the effort.
Over the years, Rotary and its partners have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent, to fewer than 400 cases in 2014. Currently, only three countries remain in which polio transmission has never been stopped.
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