World Polio Day, 24 October, is Rotary’s annual opportunity to shine the spotlight on our top priority,
eradicating polio. A record number of Rotary clubs last year registered their events at endpolio.org,
and we hope to make an even bigger impact this year. No matter how big your club is, you can plan
now to join us by selecting an activity that fits your local culture, strategy, and style.
MAKE A BIG SPLASH
ON WORLD POLIO DAY
If your club is up for the challenge, hold an event that
attracts large groups, influential donors, and media
attention. The Rotary Club of Makati Central, Metro Manila,
Philippines, held a competition to crown Miss Earth 2017.
The event drew more than 500 guests and featured videos
throughout the program of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate
polio. The Rotary Club of Mt. Fuji Yoshiwara, Shizuoka,
Japan, held a charity concert with a classical quartet,
drawing about 350 guests and raising more than $3,200.
Consider going where the crowds already are. The seven
Rotary clubs of Frederikstad, Norway, coordinated a
campaign to collect donations and interact with the public
one person at a time at a local shopping center. The Rotary
Club of Schweich Römische Weinstrasse, Germany, collected
plastic bottle caps in shopping areas, which were recycled
and used to raise funds.
RUNNING AND RIDING
Bike rides and marathons turn the participants into
a crowd as they put on uniforms emblazoned with
End Polio Now logos and make their way through
the community. The Ride to End Polio organized by
District 5500 (Arizona, USA) raised $11.7 million last
year after the 2-to- 1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates
NEED MORE IDEAS?
Visit the resources page at endpolio.org to get more
ideas as well as step-by-step guides for planning your
own event and promoting Rotary’s livestream World
Polio Day celebration. And register your event.
SHOW, DON’T TELL
Looking to make your World Polio Day event an unforgettable
experience? Consider incorporating virtual reality, or VR, into
your program. VR is an innovative way to show our polio
eradication efforts in action. It’s a 360-degree immersive
experience that takes viewers on a journey without ever leaving
home. Through the power of VR, you don’t just see the world
of polio eradication, you experience it firsthand. It’s a powerful
tool that may motivate your World Polio Day guests to invest
their time, money, and energy to join us in the fight against
polio. To host a VR viewing, you’ll just need a few pieces of
simple technology — smartphones and VR goggles — along with
a safe space for viewing.