Perfect Pairings
Around the World 
March 28, 2015  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $75 per person
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Garden Room
2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
($25 of ticket cost is tax deductible) 
Why should you support the Rotary Club of Ames effort to end polio worldwide? Consider these facts: 
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Rotary members worldwide are holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. The "plus" in PolioPlus signaled the belief that polio eradication efforts would increase immunizations against five other diseases prevalent in children:  measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus.
Since 1985 Rotary and its partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.
The success of this project set the stage for Rotary's top priority to rid the world of polio. Since Rotary introduced its PolioPlus campaign, the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
A $25 contribution, matched 2:1 by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $75 will purchase:
  • 150 identification vests for health workers and volunteers, or 
  • 75 vaccine carriers, which allow the vaccine to be kept cool, or 
  • 600 purple finger markers to show which children have been immunized.
Please consider joining us for the Perfect Pairings event or making a contribution in support of this vital effort.

To Register and/or to make a Donation Online:
If you cannot attend the event and want to contribute, click the link above to make a gift electronically, or make a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and indicate "PolioPlus" in the memo line. Mail checks to:
Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
PO Box 327
Ames, IA  50010