Posted by Ross Taylor
A very successful Soup Saver meeting was held at the East Geelong Uniting Church, on 7th November by Rotarians, Rotaractors, Friends of Rotary and families.  The event raised over $1,000.00 to be used in the Polio Eradication program.
 
Fifty-nine people attended to hear Keynote speaker, Gary Newton a well-known radio and television presenter, who spoke of living for 60 years with the effects of polio. Gary is a Director of Polio Australia an organisation dedicated to assisting those who suffer Post-Polio Syndrome and raising awareness of the disease to government and the public. He is also the Rotary Ambassador for Ride the Bellarine, a major fundraiser for the Polio Eradication program.
 
The Polio Plus program is the signature project for The Rotary Foundation.  When the (then) Polio Plus program was commenced by Rotary in 1985, there were over 350,000 cases of polio reported world-wide that year.  The number of cases so far this year is 16 with only 3 endemic countries reported.
 
The Club event used the occasion to recognise both World Polio Day on 24th October as well as Foundation Month which is recognized on the Rotary calendar in November.