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Effort to help end polio undertaken locally

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Those planning to dine out in Roswell next week will have a chance to contribute to the eradication of a dread disease by making contributions at participating eateries.

Thursday, Oct. 24 is World Polio Day. The Roswell Rotary Club is taking part in efforts to combat polio that are taking place all week.

The club is placing donation receptacles Oct. 21-25 at some local restaurants that will allow customers to make contributions to the effort. Look for them at Golden Corral, Peppers Grill & Bar, Farley’s, Cattle Baron, Martin’s Capital Cafe, Pasta Cafe and Portofino.

Rotary International has been working to end polio for more than 30 years and was a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Cases have been reduced by more than 99 percent, but the disease remains endemic in a few countries. It’s estimated that if eradication efforts ended today, more than 200,000 children could be paralyzed by the disease in a decade.

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To learn more, go to my.rotary.org/en/take-action/end-polio.

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