End Polio Now Annual Charity Bike Ride

The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) organised a fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday 24th November.

The sunny weather saw two enthusiastic groups of cyclists assemble outside the Estoi Pousada at 9.30. One group of riders cycled all the way up to the top of the 635 metre Cerro Sao Miguel on a challenging 40 km round trip, returning to a local Estoi café for a well deserved coffee. The other group took a less uphill route, but still climbed up to 400 metres, covering 35 kms between Estoi and Moncarapacho. Well done to everyone who took part and contributed, donations and sponsorship raised a total of 560 euros.

RCEPI was founded in 2008 and apart from helping the local community in numerous ways, the Club has also supported The Rotary Foundation´s key project of eradicating polio from the planet, contributing over 15000 euros towards this. Rotarians worldwide have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. As a result of this huge campaign India was declared Polio free in 2012.

In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the fight and from 2013 the Gates Foundation agreed to match two-to-one, every dollar the Rotary Foundation commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through to 2019. With the 2 to 1 match from the Bill Gates Foundation our 560 euros becomes a total 1680 of euros towards the End Polio Now campaign.

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International, The Rotary Foundation and the Gates Foundation are determined not to let polio make a comeback.

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