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Breakfast raises funds for 6,000 polio vaccinations

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted its annual Meal to End Polio last week, raising $1,200 US for the End Polio Now campaign.
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From left: Terry Toone, Rotarians Rick Lewall and Garry Shearer, Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of B.C. president Joan Toone, and Rotarians Leslie Abramson and John Charbonneau.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted its annual Meal to End Polio last week, raising $1,200 US for the End Polio Now campaign.

Through a partnership launched between the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International in 2013 as part of a bold campaign for polio eradication, this donation will be matched two-to-one by the Gates Foundation for a total of $3,600.

With the cost to vaccinate a child in a Third World country a mere 60 cents, Rotary's Meal to End Polio will result in approximately 6,015 children being vaccinated against the debilitating disease.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's annual breakfast last Thursday was hosted at the KinVillage Community Centre, with the venue rental provided courtesy of KinVillage and

breakfast donated by Urban Village Catering at the KinVillage Café.

The breakfast featured guest speaker Joan Toone, president of the Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of B.C. Toone spoke of the efforts to eradicate polio starting in the 1960s, the evolution of Rotary's involvement and commitment to polio eradication starting in the early 1980s, and the importance of finishing the work.

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