San Luis Obispo Daybreak

   California, USA

One day, one focus, ending polio. The annual World Polio Day is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight to end polio, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end polio for good.

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary International, its Foundation, and its partners, and the Polio Plus program have used to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide. Through Rotary's work, polio infections have been reduced globally by 99.9% since 1988 and only two countries remain endemic - Afghanistan and Pakistan.

SLO Daybreak will be hosting a social and "pass the hat" to raise funds at the SLO Public Market on October 24. Friends and guests are all welcome to join us starting at 5:00pm. Contact our Sergeant at Arms, Lucas Janetski, for more details.