Twin Cities Rotary will host an awareness builder and fundraising event on Tuesday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fiesta Nutrition in Monroe to celebrate World Polio Day.

The club will be sharing information about Rotary International’s global mission to eradicate polio off the face of the Earth. Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world. The disease is endemic in only 3 countries, but unless we reach every child with the vaccine, no child anywhere is safe.

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

The club encourages the community to support this mission, and says every donation helps obtain the vaccines, transport and materials needed in the fight against polio.