Tolman also mentioned the Polio Plus program, which has raised $190 million of its $200 million goal to meet the match of $355 million from the Bill Gates Foundation. This will hopefully end polio in the world, which is now 99 percent eradicated. Just four countries remain under threat of polio, but they are the toughest to reach because of internal problems and some children there requiring up to 18 doses compared to the normal three doses of the vaccine. The local district 6650 has donated $162,000 so far. The unique aspect of Rotary fund donations is that they are not handled through governments or religious groups, but directlty by Rotarians in the countries involved.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Dawn Tolman, Austintown President Deanna Spirko, and Jim Tolman are pictured following the recent Austintown Rotary meeting where Rotarians leanred about the Rotary Foundation.