The Rotary Club of Branford was chartered in 1928 and maintains a solid history of “Service Above Self” in helping others through fundraising for donations as well as providing community service locally and supporting humanitarian efforts worldwide. The club celebrated its 85th anniversary on October 15, 2013 with a membership of over 70 business and professional men and women who reside or work in the Connecticut Shoreline Region.
Membership in the worldwide organization of Rotary International with over 1.2 million members, in 32,000+ clubs in 200+ countries provides the opportunity for Rotarians to make a difference in helping communities locally and around the world through collective humanitarian efforts.
Following a major global health milestone last month, Branford Rotary Club urges everyone to join us in the global fight to eradicate polio by donating in recognition of World Polio Day on 24 October. (Click here to donate.)
In September, the World Health Organization declared Africa’s last polio-endemic country, Nigeria, polio-free, leaving only two countries which have never stopped the virus: Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1988, when Rotary and its partners committed to eradicating the disease, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children per year in 125 countries – or, more than 1,000 per day. Since that time, the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9%, with less than 50 cases in two countries to date in 2015.
On 23 October, Rotary and UNICEF will host an event in New York City which will stream live online, providing an update on the world’s progress against polio, with notable speakers including journalists, health experts, celebrities, polio survivors and more. Viewers can tune in live at 6:30 PM EDT, or watch a recording of the event any time after it streams.
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.4 billion to ending polio, and funds contributed to Rotary are tripled thanks to a 2:1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary is joined in the fight to end polio by its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
On September 16th, the Uppsala Rotary Peace Fellows/Class XIII attended a meeting at Uppsala Rotary Peace Center in which they shared information on their work experiences and expectations about the master program that they started this fall. They also received some information about AFE, insurance and other practical matters.