When  Australian Rotarian Sir Clem Renouf launched the global project to end polio in 1979, more than 350,000 children died each year from this terrible disease. One can well imagine the desperately sad and devasting sense of loss felt by families, and the deep sadness when a life full of promise is taken prematurely. Many who did not die suffered dreadful paralysis. Today, polio is eradicated from all but two countries, an oustanding story that is yet unfinished. 

World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.