The Rotary Club of Gloucester Jumps into the Atlantic for Polio Eradication

Cape Ann Community

Freezin’ for a Reason

polarplunge2015The Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary District 7930 will hold its 7th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 4, at the Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:00 am. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. More than 200 people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year, including Gloucester Rotary President David Slade. Last year, over 250 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $95,000.

Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary…

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  • After the Rocky Neck New Year’s polar plunge, I think I’ll be a virtual contributor to this one. 🙂

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD) – “Polio incidence has dropped more than 99% since the launch of global polio eradication efforts in 1988.” (Global polio surveillance data from March 9, 2016.)

    I hope your event is a great success and helps lead to 100% global eradication!

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    • Great job covering this Joey and Karen well said too! I remember the early years saw lot’s of braces growing up! Dave & Kim

      In 1952, Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh created the first effective polio vaccine. By 1954, it was time to test the Salk vaccine widely. Thomas Francis Jr. at the University of Michigan led the nationwide test, the scale of which had never been seen before.

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