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Bar Harbor Rotary, MDI High School and Pat’s Pizza Paint Pinkies to End Polio

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The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club and Pat’s Pizza marks historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease

Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – Oct. 24

Bar Harbor – Rotary members in Bar Harbor are among thousands reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

World Polio Day is on Oct. 24 and the Bar Harbor Rotary Club will be teaming with the Mount Desert Island High School’s Interact Club at Pat’s Pizza in Bar Harbor from 12 to 8 p.m. to raise funds to help rid the world of Polio.

“Ending Polio is one of the key initiatives that Rotarians around the world have worked towards. Our club is so thankful for the support of local students who understand how important Polio eradication is and their ability to think beyond their own situations and find the time to help others,” said the club’s foundation chair, Peter Nicholson.

When a child is vaccinated for the disease, they have a purple stamp placed on their pinkie finger. For each donation made to end polio at Pat’s Pizza, donors will receive a Purple Pinkie. Pats will also donate $1 to the Polio Fund for each pizza sold that day. Please join us on October 24 by supporting an end Polio.

A single immunization against polio costs $1. Because purple pinkies serve as symbols for polio immunizations, for a donation of $1, volunteers will color pinkies purple to help raise money for polio eradication. Funds raised will go toward Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of Sept. 19, 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

Rotary has contributed more than US$1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985, including thousands contributed by the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club.

About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.