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On September 8, 2014 a group of local Rotarians from District 7680 will become the third group of Rotarians from the United States to summit the Peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The purpose of the climb is to raise money for the final push to eliminate polio worldwide through Rotary International’s END POLIO NOW campaign. The Rotary Club of Troutman member, Ashley Cannon, will be part of the group traveling to Tanzania to embark on this endeavor.
Each climber is asked to raise at least $3000.00 for the END POLIO NOW campaign in addition to all personal expenses for the trip. The Rotary Club of Troutman sponsored a bowling fundraiser for Ms. Cannon and END POLIO NOW in late August at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville. Over fifty adults and children were in attendance to support Rotary’s efforts for this cause. The bowling fundraiser brought in over $1500.00 towards the goal and Ms. Cannon along with The Rotary Club of Troutman have raised almost $5000.00 in total as part of this campaign. For more information on the climb, please visit the website at http://rotary7680kiliclimb.org/2014/ashley-cannon-troutman/.
Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. When India went off the endemic list in 2012, the world took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan and there are ten infected countries. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries.
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