The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International organised a fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday 19th November. The blue skies and sunshine ensured a good turnout and an 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 1000 euros.
The polio virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and often leads to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine which costs as little as 0.60 cents per dose and a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. As a result of this campaign India has been polio free for 5 years.
In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the campaign and since 2013 the Gates Foundation agreed to match two-to-one, every dollar the Rotary Foundation commits to the End Polio Now campaign.
With the 2 to 1 match from the Bill Gates Foundation our 1000 euros becomes a total of 3000 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.