In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, a 20-year commitment to eradicate polio. PolioPlus is one of the most ambitious humanitarian undertakings ever made by a private entity. It will serve as a paradigm for private-public collaborations in the fight against disease well into the 21st century.
As the polio-eradication program grew, so did Rotary's commitment and involvement. By 1990, Rotary moved from providing polio vaccine to children in developing countries to assisting health care workers in the field, providing training for laboratory personnel to track the polio virus and working with governments around the world in supporting the historic health drive. Rotary looks to celebrate the global eradication of polio in 2005, the organization's centennial year.
The Rotary Club of Sterling has provided financial support for this life saving initiative.
For more information on the PolioPlus program, please visit the Rotary International site.
Camp Eggers Project for the benefit of the Troops in Afghanistan
Started by Rotarian Sandy Lehrer, the Camp Eggars Project regularly sends needed personal items to our troops in Afghanistan. In addition to essential toiletries, hand wipes, candy, coffee, etc., the non-profit sends wrapping paper at Christmas. The project is always in need of packing boxes and funds for shipping.
Rotary Club of Sterling contact:Sandy Lehrer
Children's Friendship Project of Northern Ireland (CFPNI)
The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland, Inc. (CFPNI) is a peace and friendship building program that fosters understanding and promotes interaction between the Catholic and Protestant teenagers of Northern Ireland, their families, and friends. In an effort to break the cycle of fear and mistrust, teenagers in Northern Ireland, who show the potential to be future leaders, are selected and paired in cross-cultural teams to spend six weeks together during the summer in an American home where they can become friends in a neutral environment and can focus on their commonalities, rather than their differences. CFPNI sponsors numerous gathering in Northern Ireland, both before and after the summer, to build and sustain the friendships of the pairs, as well as to broaden cross-cultural contacts with other teens in the program, other family members, and friends.
The members of the Rotary Club of Sterling have acted as host families as well as provided financial support for the work of CFPNI.
Rotary Club of Sterling Contact:Bob Caines
For more information on CFPNI, please visit the CFPNI site.