End Polio Now!
The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently welcomed former Rotary District 6970 Governor Cynde Covington who now serves as district foundation chair. She spoke to the club about how its contributions to the Rotary Foundation help so many, providing the fuel to do good around the world. Covington outlined some of the Foundation’s humanitarian projects, which focus on fighting disease, providing clean water, sustaining mothers and children, improving education and strengthening local economies. In addition to funding its global initiatives, the Foundation offers a variety of grants to support individual club projects both locally and internationally. Covington highlighted the work done through Rotary’s most recognizable project, End Polio Now. She said that some 300,000 people received the polio vaccination in 2014. However, the disease is still rampant in three war-torn countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan – where 306 new cases were reported this year. Covington said that while all but one of the wild polio viruses has been eradicated, work remains to be done to finally eliminate this deadly disease. Toward that goal, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club presented Covington with a check for $500. In thanking the club, Covington said “We don’t give for the recognition, but for the good it does in the world.”