Sixty years ago polio was one of the most feared diseases in the developed world, killing hundreds of children in the UK each year and leaving thousands paralysed. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.
Since 1988, when Rotary began its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines, polio cases have reduced by 99.9 percent worldwide from 350000 cases in 1988 to 441 in 2020. Working with various partners including the WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we are very close to eradicating polio, but continued global immunization is vital to succeed. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. Failure to eradicate polio from these last remaining strongholds could result in as many as 200 000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world. Because of this global effort most countries have now expanded their capacity to tackle other infectious diseases by building effective surveillance and immunization systems.
Join us to help eradicate this disease by either taking part in our 8th annual bike ride, sponsoring a rider or just making a donation. All funds raised will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation.
The ride will be organized by Activity Bike Rides, https://www.algarvebikeholidays.com
The ride will start from Estoi Palace Pousada at 9.30 am and will take about 2.5 -3 hours and will finish at a café in Estoi. It will be a mix of flat and hill terrain.
If you would like to take part or if you have an enquiry please complete the form below.
There is no entrance fee but we would welcome a donation. Or you may prefer to get your family and friends to sponsor you.
If you wish to make a donation or sponsor a specific rider please complete the donation form on this page.
All donations will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Here is your chance to get fit and help us to eradicate Polio forever. Our 8th annual charity bike ride will take place on Sunday, November 21st, starting and finishing in Estoi. The ride will start from Estoi Palace Pousada at 9.30 am. It will take about 2.5 – 3 hours and will finish at a café in Estoi. It will be a mix of flat and hill terrain. If you are unable to take part why not sponsor a rider or simply make a donation to this important cause.
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