One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

Polio paralyzed 350,000 children in 1988. Today, that number is fewer than 15. Now let’s make it zero. Tomorrow is World Polio day, October 24, 2017. Join in our 5th World Polio Day event that is Co-Hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will stream live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join us as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication.#WorldPolioDay #24October #EndPolio #RotaryCares

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

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Paul Harris Fellows Aaron and Jamie Fritz

“Participating in a Polio Immunization Day was one of the greatest opportunities of my life”, says Aaron Fritz, 18-year rotarian and dual past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club (2006-07) and the Rotary Eclub of Arizona (2014-15). “Growing up in Rotary taught me that it is a gift to help others. Service above self brings more joy than most other accomplishments. I hope and pray that my children, also learn to love the act of serving others.”

Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985, and you are welcome to join us and donate at


Livestream details

Go to to watch the livestream in English.

This year, Rotary will also livestream the event in Portuguese, French, Korean, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. The livestream is only viewable using Chrome on your desktop. If you do not have Chrome, you can download it herefor free.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the code “endpolio”
  3. Select your language
  4. Watch the livestream

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, Past Assistant Governor for District 5490 and current Assistant Governor for District 5495. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (3 currently). 2nd Generation Rotarian.