The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) organised a fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday 20th November. Despite the inclement weather the enthusiastic group of riders cycled all the way up to the top of the Cerro Sao Miguel on a challenging 35 km round trip starting from Estoi Pousada and ending in front of the church in Estoi. Well done to everyone who took part and contributed, donations and sponsorship raised a total of 1100 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 10000 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 2018.
With the 2 to 1 match from the Bill Gates Foundation our 1100 euros becomes a total of 3300 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.
For further information on RC Estoi Palace International contact , www.rotaryestoipalace.org and for Activity Algarve Bike Rides contact , www.algarvebikeholidays.com