Special Event | November 5 | UC Berkeley Campus, Starting Location: Campanile Esplanade
Cal Rotaract (UC Berkeley RSO)
On Sunday, November 5th, Cal Rotaract will be hosting its annual End Polio Now 5K Walk/Run!
All the proceeds from this event will be pooled with Cal Rotaract's End Polio Now GoFundMe campaign donations, which will then be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and then donated to Rotary International's Polio Plus Foundation. The money we raise from this campaign will go directly towards purchasing polio vaccinations to be adminstered to children all around the world. With your help, we will become one step closer to eradicating polio from this world forever.
Polio is a highly infectious and crippling disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus has the ability to infect a person's brain and spinal cord, leading to paralysis. Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can often lead to permanent disability and death.
In 1988 when Rotary International and the World Health Organization first launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there was an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries. Since then, with widespread administration of the the polio vaccination and countless volunteer hours, we have seen a worldwide reduction of polio cases by 99.9%. Last year we only saw wild polio cases in 3 countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. But unless we eliminate polio from this world forever, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases of polio all around the world. This is why it is crucial that we reach every child with the vaccination, to ensure the safety of children everywhere from this debilitating disease.
We welcome everyone to join us this November 5th to walk/run in solidarity with Cal Rotaract, Rotary International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to End Polio Now. Even if you cannot make the event itself, we highly encourage you to consider donating to our GoFundMe page linked below, as every dollar makes a difference. For every $15 we raise, we can purchase 100 polio vaccinations.
Fill out this link to register for our End Polio Now 5K:
Standard registration is $20 from October 22nd till November 5th!
9AM-10AM: Check-in + Breakfast + Welcome activities
10AM-12PM: Opening Ceremony + 5K walk/run
12PM-1PM: Closing Ceremony
We hope to see you there!
OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS
Cal Rotaract End Polio Now GoFundMe page:
End Polio Now official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EndPolioNow/