Ride to end polio

Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and his wife Marga are training to take part in the El Tour de Tuscon to raise money for PolioPlus. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska

By Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko

For more than 20 years, Rotarians and their friends have worked tirelessly to keep our promise to the world’s children to eradicate polio. We’re almost there, but as in any race, the last mile is the hardest.

On 17 November — to honor those who strive to reach the historic goal of eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history — my wife, Marga, and I will join Rotarians in the Tuscon, Arizona, area to raise money for Rotary’s PolioPlus Program at El Tour de Tucson. It’s one of the top U.S. cycling events, and it attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year.

For the ride, Marga and I intend to raise US$111,000. That’s $1,000 for every mile in the 111-mile course, the longest of the four main events.

We need your help to reach our goal. On www.rotary.org’s Contribute page, go to the PolioPlus Fund, and click “contribute.” You can give there whether or not you’re a Rotarian, and then you select the option to contribute to GS Hewko – Ride to End Polio. Rotarians will receive full recognition points for their contribution. For friends of Rotary, you also can help through my Crowdrise page.

Cycling is one of my passions, and it will be especially rewarding for me to be doing something I so enjoy in support of a goal all of us in Rotary are so committed to: a polio-free world. You can follow my fundraising and training progress on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

Together, let’s End Polo Now.

Source: Rotary Voices

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