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Foundation’s overall objective and
can be implemented with Foundation
funding. Not just park benches, either
there are many ways we can reach
out with District Grant funding to help
our own communities. Never lose sight
of the fact that Foundation money can
be spent to bring benefits to people in
our own communities.
When you give to the Annual Fund
of The Rotary Foundation, up to 50
per cent of the annual giving in your
district comes back after a three-
year investment period as the District
Designated Fund (DDF). Up to half
of the DDF can be allocated as the
District Grant funding, and this is what
provides the money to do all those
good things locally.
Applying for a District Grant is
something normally done prior to
the start of the Rotary year, because
your district governor and district
foundation chair need to submit a plan
saying where and how the money will
be spent. They need club input for this,
which is why it’s done early, but if you
missed out you can always check with
your district foundation chair to see if
there’s spare grant money still available.
If you miss out this year, make sure you
get your request in early for next year.
A district will normally ask the club to
contribute at least a similar amount as
the grant to the project, but that’s up
to each district to manage.
Your club should ask your district
Rotary foundation chair to visit and
present on how to get involved in
Foundation projects and on how
giving to The Rotary Foundation can
be of benefit to your local community.
After all, Doing Good in the World is
not always overseas.
The Rotary Club of Gosford built this
shelter utilising a District Grant.
THIS year may well mark the beginning
of the “end”!
Now, I don’t want to be seen as a
harbinger of doom, BUT I am assured
that the end is nigh! These are not
my words – but the words of Rotary
International PolioPlus Committee
chair and Rotary International past
director Mike McGovern.
Mike recently chaired a seminar
for National PolioPlus Committee
chairs, End Polio Now coordinators,
several national advocacy advisors
and members of the Polio Eradication
Advocacy Task Force in Evanston, USA.
In his opening remarks to the
gathering, he said, “We have been
THIS CLOSE for a long time, but this
is not the time to allow ‘PolioPlus
fatigue’ to creep into Rotary clubs
And, friends, it HAS been a long,
hard fight – on many occasions
laced with tragedy – since our own
legendary Rotary leader Clem Renouf
fired the first “salvo” against polio by
way of his 3H Polio Eradication “trial”
in the Philippines in 1979. But, the
good news is... We are winning!
Among the many highlights of the
recent seminar in Evanston were first-
hand reports from the national chairmen
of PolioPlus committees in Pakistan and
Nigeria – and both delivered positive
stories of success in their respective polio
“last frontier” countries.
However, this polio eradication
campaign is not over until the final
battle is won!
End Polio Now coordinators have
been appointed around the world this
year, and I am privileged to share that
role in Australia and New Zealand with
RI past director Ken Collins.
Rotary has been challenged to raise
$35 million per year through to 2018
to gain maximum benefit from the
generosity of the Gates Challenge.
So, I leave you with these goals:
• District governors – donation of 20
per cent of DDF from all districts.
• $US26.50 special donation from
all Rotarians, matched by $US2650
from all clubs.
• Plan special fundraisers and
promotions to mark World Polio
Day (October 24) and Rotary’s
birthday (February 23).
PolioPlus – the end is nigh...
campaign-end-polio highlights what
still needs to be done to achieve a
polio free world (The Rotarian, July
2016, pages 48-51).
Bob Aitken AM
Rotary Club of Lower Blue
RI End Polio Now coordinator,
Zones 7B/part 8, 2016-17
STOP PRESS! TWO POLIO
CASES IN NIGERIA
As this magazine went to press, the
disappointing news was received that
two wild polio viruses – not imported –
have been reported in Nigeria.
Nigeria had been polio-free for two
years at the end of July.
While the two cases – in two
different local government areas of
Borno State – provide a setback for
the hard-working Nigerian PolioPlus
Committee, they will also increase the
resolve of everyone involved with the
Polio Eradication Program.
These cases underline the often
repeated warning that Polio eradication
is NOT over until there are no cases in
our world for three years.
The content within the PolioPlus
story (left) is still very applicable and
Rotary clubs and districts throughout
our region are urged to plan now for
major awareness and fund raising
projects to mark World Polio Day on
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