Join Rotary In Being a Part of a Guinness World’s Record!

Posted June 24, 2014 by jimhigley

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When Rotary International sets out to do something, they do it!

About a year ago, I wrote a story about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio from the globe. Their commitment started almost 30 years ago when they began immunizing children everywhere against this disease. And after immunizing more than 2 billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the verge of wiping polio off the planet. When they began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people – mostly children – in 125 countries every year. Since then, however, polio has been reduced by 99 percent. On top of that, worldwide cases are now in the hundreds and there are only three countries that have never stopped polio.

As proof of their efforts, India was recently declared “Polio Free” – thanks to the joint efforts between Rotary and its partners and the Indian government to make this happen.

The fight to eradicate polio is almost done. So close. Literally within inches of the finish line. But there’s still a tiny way to go.


Do you remember me telling you about Rotary’s other effort to spread polio awareness by attempting to create the  World’s Biggest Commercial? Well, guess what? They just secured a Guinness World Record for this project! (See, I told you they make things happen when they set their mind to it!).


But you need to move fast if you want to join celebrities, world leaders and over 100,000 people from 171 countries who care just like you – and spread awareness about all of this by being a part of the World’s Biggest Commercial! Just snap a photo of yourself making the “This Close” sign and upload it into the commercial. But hurry! Your chance to be part of this World Record ends on June 30, 2014!

It’s as simple as that!

What is Polio?

  • A crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, polio (poliomyelitis) still strikes children mainly under the age of five in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death.  Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention through a vaccine.
  • Polio can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible.
  • In the most severe cases, polio attacks the motor neurons of the brain stem, causing breathing difficulty or even death.
  • Historically, polio has been the world’s greatest cause of disability.

If you want to do more, go to the End Polio Now website to find out what else you can do to get involved such as writing your government leaders or donating (For 60 cents, a child can be protected against the polio virus for life!).

  • Tommy

    You do great work buddy!