The Polio virus can only be found in three countries around the globe, and Rotary clubs worldwide have played a big role in the disease’s decline, including clubs here in Cayman.
The Polio virus mainly affects children under the age of five and can lead to permanent paralysis and even death.
Once prevalent around the world, only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria have traces of the virus, due to a range of challenges in getting the vaccine to the whole population.
Rotary and Rotaract members in Cayman are raising money to get vaccinations to those in need.
“Because we are human beings and we should take care of our race, we should take care of other people that can’t afford to do it themselves, it’s usually countries that cannot afford to pay for vaccinations, that don’t have a good economy and we have a pretty decent economy here, why not help other people that aren’t able to help themselves,” said International Service Director for Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman, Ornella Leahong
To help their efforts, the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman will have a fundraiser tomorrow night at Hard Rock Cafe from 5:30 to Nine, and listen to this, every dollar you give will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.