The Rotary Polio Ute will be in Victor Harbor on December 10

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor president Julie Irwin.
Rotary Club of Victor Harbor president Julie Irwin.

The Polio Ute Relay starts from Alice Springs on World Polio Day, Saturday, October 24 and will conclude with the fundraising raffle draw in Adelaide on December 19.

On its way from Alice Springs the Rotary Polio Ute will be in Victor Harbor on December 10 at the front of the Westpac building.

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor president Julie Irwin said members will be selling raffle tickets to support the end of Polio.

Rotary has waged war on polio and in 2020 helped win the battle in Africa.

The African region has been certified wild poliovirus-free and it has been an ongoing mission of Rotary to rid Africa of polio.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio.

"Rotary is proud of all the hard work that had been done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. With the knowledge and learning gained from the fight against polio, this knowledge should help to find a solution to COVID-19," Julie said.

"A lot can be learnt from what Rotary has achieved through the eradication of polio in Africa."

The progress in the fight against polio is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region.

It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunise children, advocate with local and national leaders and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks.

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