The Sheridan Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs will take donations during their “Panhandling for Polio” fundraising event Thursday, December 8th at Sheridan High School.
Even though polio has been under control in the United States for quite some time, there has been a push worldwide to complete eradication of the disease.
Rotary's Karen Miller explains current efforts of their PolioPlus program.
Combining money raised, with a goal of $555 million between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and local Rotary organizations around the country, monies will go to efforts in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Though complete distribution of the polio vaccine is near, Miller tells us about some of the difficulties the cause has encountered in these areas.
Miller said northern Nigeria and Uttar Pradesh, India are two areas where eradication efforts have been slowed, for example, by parents preventing children from getting vaccinated.
Rotary members will take donations at SHS in the morning, at lunch, and after school this Thursday.