By 2019-10-08 InCommunity
 

End Polio Now annual charity bike ride

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International will be holding its annual fundraising bike ride on Sunday, November 24 in aid of the End Polio Now Campaign.

There will be two rides on offer, both starting from Estoi Palace Pousada at 9.30am and will take about 2.5-3 hours. The hill ride is around 35kms and quite challenging as it includes cycling up to the top of Serra de São Miguel. The other ride is over flatter terrain and will head towards the coast, Fuseta/Olhão direction. The rides are organised by Activity Bike Rides.

Sixty-five years ago, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the developed world, killing hundreds of children in the UK each year and leaving thousands paralysed. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.

Since 1979 when Rotary began its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines, polio cases have reduced by 99.9% worldwide from 350,000 cases in 1988 to 94 in 2015.

“Working with various partners including the WHO and the Bill Gates Foundation, we are very close to eradicating polio, but continued global immunization is vital to succeed. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio,” says Rotary.

If you would like to take part, sponsor a rider or just donate, email shirley.d@rotaryestoipalace.org or book through the website www.rotaryestoipalace.org


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