Cordelta’s Charity Lottery Contributes to Rotary’s Humanitarian Programme to End Polio

23
Jul

In March 2014 at Cordelta’s annual company conference, delegates decided to re-focus Cordelta’s community and charity efforts into organisations where employees have direct involvement. Cordelta’s Charity Lottery was born.

Every six months, Cordelta employees nominate charity or community organisations and these organisations are drawn at random to receive sponsorship from Cordelta.

This and future posts will include details of the organisations to receive sponsorship from the first ever draw.

Rotary Polio Plus

End Polio NowRotary’s Polio Plus programme is the largest humanitarian programme by a non-governmental organisation the world has ever known. Rotary has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts. To date, Rotary has contributed $US1.2 billion to the eradication of polio since starting its humanitarian programme in the Philippines in 1979. The number of children immunised against polio now stands at 2.5 billion worldwide.

In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, virtually every person knew someone in their family or circle of friends who had polio. In the early 1950s, there was an estimated 500,000 cases of polio in the world annually. Of that number 50,000 children a year would die from polio and thousands more would be crippled, paralysed or suffer lifelong disabilities.

We are on the verge of eradicating polio. The 2014 year-to-date number of reported cases is only 115 in 9 countries.

The amazing thing is it has been made possible because of contributions from many, many sources, including Cordelta. The contribution through its Charity Lottery initiative will contribute towards the Rotary Club of Ginninderra effort towards the eradication of polio.

For more information about Polio Plus, please go to http://www.endpolio.org/.

Rotary was nominated by Cordelta project manager Steve Fielding, who is Director Community Services for the Rotary Club of Ginninderra.