On Saturday, Oct. 26, Rotarians throughout Hawai'i will join Rotary clubs around the world for special events dedicated to raising money to eradicate polio.
Rotarians from eight clubs will be stationed at businesses around Maui, along with students from nine Maui high schools for "Trick or Treat to End Polio Now" collection events.
Since 1985, Rotarians have immunized more than two billion children against the crippling disease. All but three countries have been declared polio-free.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now matching Rotary's contribution two to one up to 35-million per year through 2018. Hopefully, by then, the Global Polio Eradication Effort will be a total success.
To support this effort, look for Maui Rotary club members and our local high school students dressed in Halloween costumes at the entrances of Safeway in Lahaina and Kahului; Long's Drugs in Kihei, Kahului, Wailuku and Pukalani; and inside Fernando's Restaurant at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
It is the goal of the eight Maui Rotary clubs to collect at least $400 each during this event.
For further information about this effort and Rotary clubs on Maui, contact Assistant Govs. Joanne Laird (757-0981) or Hugh Chare (268-2741).