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7/1/2019 11:02:00 AM
Pancakes To End Polio

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

On Thursday July 18th, the Lincolnton Sunrise & Lincolnton Sunrise Satellite Rotary Clubs will be holding a Pancake Breakfast at Fatz Cafe, 1430 E. Main St. in Lincolnton.

Called Pancakes to End Polio, the event won't do anything to directly help our community--and for that we are thankful. Polio has been essentially eradicated from the United States for years, but the deadly disease is still present internationally, although thanks to Rotary and others, the battle to end it forever is being won.

For anyone not familiar, among the many causes championed by Rotary International is Polio Plus, a campaign to rid the world of the crippling disease. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to only 33 known cases worldwide in 2018, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Today, only 3 countries in the world have never stopped transmission of polio (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria).

Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.

Tickets for the July 18th event at Fatz are being sold by Rotarians. Whether you enjoy pancakes on that Thursday (7 - 10 AM) or not, we hope you'll buy a $10 ticket. From just under 400 cases worldwide in 2014, the numbers were reduced to 33 in 2018. With your help, perhaps for the second decade of this century, we can declare polio gone forever.

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