Rotary Swimarathon
The Rotary Club of Hamilton’s Annual Swimarathon
12.00 to 3.00pm , Saturday 18th March , 2017
It was Australia’s Sir Clem Renouf who, as President of Rotary International in 1978/79, led an international campaign to vaccinate every child against polio. As a result of these early efforts by Rotary, the global community came together in 1988 to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since 1988, there has been a worldwide reduction in the number of polio cases by 99.9 per cent. Following the certification of India as polio-free in 2012, and Africa in 2015, polio remains endemic in only Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But what exactly is polio? Fortunately (or unfortunately for some) many of us in the developed world have forgotten what the disease looks like?
• Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, which still strikes unvaccinated children mainly under the age of five.
• It can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible.
• In the most severe cases, it attacks the motor neurons of the brain stem, causing breathing difficulty or even death.
• Historically, it has been the world’s greatest cause of disability.
• Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention by vaccination
For as little as US$0.60 for one dose of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
If polio isn’t eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of the disease. More than 10 million children will be paralysed in the next 40 years if the world fails to capitalise on the current US$9 billion global investment in eradication.
The world now has polio eradication within its reach and this would be a major victory for international aid and global public health.
Rotary’s annual charity swimarathon event year will be held at the St Joseph’s College, Nudgee pool on the afternoon of the 19th March 2016.

There are many ways to contribute: it’s not just about being an ironman or ironwoman.
 You can swim as little as 50 metres, or for up to one hour!
 You can sponsor someone else who might be swimming.
 You can help organise the logistics of the day, or
 You might consider sponsoring Rotary’s work directly via a cash donation.
Whichever way works for you, will still help Rotary in its efforts eradicate Polio NOW! The goal is within our reach.

So please consider supporting Hamilton Rotary’s Swimarathon on Saturday afternoon, March 18, 2017, at St Joseph’s College, Nudgee Swimming Pool, 2199 Sandgate Rd, Boondall QLD 4034, 2199 Sandgate Rd, Boondall QLD 4034
This is a unique opportunity to raise funds and do good in the world.

Please register and garner sponsorship for the SWIMARATHON now.
Look forward to your involvement,
Travis Pullen
Rotary Club of Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland.