Greetings friends,
Trust you are all rested and enjoying the service back in your respective Districts?
Disappointed to report ONE new WPV Polio case in Afghanistan – taking the total to 14. However, no new cases in Pakistan (4) or Nigeria leaves the world total at 18 in 2018, compared with 22 in 2017.
The good news is that no further cases of Vaccine derived Polio have been reported in PNG, leaving the total for this year at 12.  World wide, we have had 43 cases of vaccine derived polio, compared with 98 in 2017.
Please take time to read the attached weekly global update from our END POLIO NOW ambassador Jenny Horton.
Please note the second attachment headed Contact Details – and take time to circulate to your Rotary Clubs.
It is from a young Rotarian, Hardeep Girn, working with the Australian Film Institute and Screen Producers on a special documentary ‘World Made Good’ promoting Rotary’s END POLIO NOW campaign.
He is requesting Clubs to register their names and contact details – and to down film clips, videos, etc on their Polio fund raising activities this year.  He plans to release the documentary soon after World Polio Day and such will be available to all of our Districts and your Rotary Clubs.
I have spoken to Hardeep and he really is a man on a mission and will really appreciate your support as District Governors.  Please feel free to contact him directly if you require further information.
By now you have probably all emphasised the importance of promotional events to highlight World Polio Day on October 24 to your Rotary Clubs.  Please be sure to explain that such promotions do not have to be major events.  Simple promotions that connect Rotary clubs and the END POLIO NOW campaign is the challenge.
I have had many reports in recent years of club meetings with special guest speakers and guests, ‘save a meal’ with the weekly meal charge going to Polio, community barbecues, Walk For Polio outings for school children and simple information displays in shopping centres.
Anything you do is really appreciated.
Warm best wishes,
Bob Aitken AM JP
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zone 8, 2018/19.