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Zumba in the Park

A fundraiser for polio eradication.

October 14, 2010
Debra Lordan

The public is invited to participate in the benefit on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Kalama Park (near the skate rink) in Kīhei.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate under the direction of some of Maui’s premier Zumba teachers—Maui In Motion and La’Tina Dance & Fitness Studio. Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and international music with easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Developed by a Colombian fitness trainer a decade ago, Zumba has spread like wildfire, positioning itself as the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness.

Registration for the fun and informative event is $20.

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End Polio Now

Your contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million raised in this “End Polio Now” campaign will directly support immunization programs in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As of Aug. 31, Rotarians around the world have raised approximately $145 million for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge.

“Historically, polio has been the world’s greatest cause of disability,” said Kīhei-Wailea Rotary President Roya Deyhim. “Many people assume that polio is no longer a threat, but as recently as 1985, there were 350,000 polio cases in 125 countries.”

Since Rotary’s PolioPlus program immunization program began in 1985, the organization’s vast network of 1.2 million members has contributed money, volunteer time and networking expertise to the polio eradication effort. For more than 20 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of the disease. Today, the PolioPlus initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.

“Today, due in part to Rotary’s efforts, the polio is endemic in only four countries—Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan,” said President Deyhim. “Although this is good news, there is more work to be done. As long as polio exists anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk.”

Information about Rotary International’s ongoing mission to eradicate polio, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and promote world peace will be available at the event.

The nine clubs on Maui are part of a network of 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary’s 1.2 million members work locally, regionally and internationally inspired by their motto, “Service Above Self.”

The public is invited to join Maui’s Rotarians and the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Rotaract Club members (ages 18 to 30), who will add their youthful exuberance to the event. Everyone is invited to have fun while working out to music at beautiful Kalama Park and help the Rotary clubs of Maui jump the last hurdle in their mission eradicate polio.

Participants should bring sunscreen, a hat, water, a beach chair and appropriate shoes.



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