Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride

Riders set off on the 2015 El Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA.
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The Miles to End Polio team (top left) joins other riders at the starting line of the 104-mile (167 km) ride.
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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko speeds through a turn near the beginning of the race. Hewko completed the 104-mile course for the fourth straight year.
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Billboards along the route promote Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio.
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A Rotary member refills a cyclist’s water bottle at a rest stop. Many local Rotary members served as volunteers along the route.
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Riders who have already finished cheer on fellow cyclists along the final stretch of the ride.
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The Miles to End Polio team and Rotary riders from Arizona take a selfie after the grueling ride.
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Marga Hewko, wife of Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, and other team members cross the finish line after completing 104 miles.
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The Miles to End Polio team gathers at the starting line before sunrise.
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The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $2.9 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to nearly $9 million.

This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the pavement with the Evanston team.

The RI staff riders have been training together since September. “In the beginning, riding 104 miles seemed impossible,” says Jean Stanula, Rotary’s Global Events supervisor. “But we came together early Saturday mornings and rode 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. After a while, it felt like we could do anything.”

Contributions of District Designated Funds (DDFs) were a big part in this year’s fundraising effort, with more than $1.4 million collected. Districts can continue to donate DDFs to support the fundraiser through 30 November. President-elect John Germ will visit the district that donates the most DDFs, and the top five contributing districts will be recognized onstage at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul.

Rotary members have taken part in the ride since 2009, when the End Polio Now campaign was designated an official beneficiary of the race, allowing Rotary cyclists to gather pledges for the campaign. In the first year, 27 cyclists raised $35,000. The number has grown exponentially ever since.

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Dear Ken,

On December 1, 2015, Stop Hunger Now is participating in #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back during the busy holiday season. Click here to join the fight against hunger.

We are making progress in that fight, but we need you.

Nearly 800 million our global neighbors are chronically malnourished. That number is big — too big — but each of those people has a name, a story, and a life. Just like you.

Like Anna in Armenia. Before her school started providing Stop Hunger Now meals, Anna was the only member of her family who attended school. Now, her sister and cousins attend, and they are all happier and healthier. In fact, Anna has gone from having the worst test performance in her class to having higher test scores. She hopes to have the highest grades in her class one day. 

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MINUTES FOR FACE TO FACE MEETING (Held at City Sider Dining Room)

MINUTES FOR FACE TO FACE MEETING (Held at City Sider Dining Room) THURSDAY 22nd October 2015

APOLOGIES: Christie Galloway, Jill Forsyth

There were no Agenda items placed on notice this week.


  • Ken Hall advised that attempts to secure internet accessible bank accounts are ongoing. We have encountered a problem: The “Certificate of Incorporation” lists us as “The Rotary Club of Tamworth North Incorporated” and our ABN shows our “Entity name” as “North Tamworth Rotary Club Incorporated”. Apparently the bank sees this slight difference in the order of the words as two separate trading entities. After investigation it was suggested that we file an amendment to the “Certificate of Incorporation”. Accordingly the motion was put that “We change the name from the Rotary Club of North Tamworth Incorporated to North Tamworth Rotary Club Incorporated”.Seconded Tanika Douglas 


    • The motion was unanimously carried by all present.
    • Moved Dorothy Barwick
  • The motion was put that, “Our Christmas meeting would be a face to face meeting and would be on Sunday 6th December. Time and place to be advised”.Seconded Tanika Douglas 


  • Carried
  • Moved Kylie Pollard
  • Meeting ended 8:10 pm.
  • Next “Go To Meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, 12th November 2015 at 7:00 pm.

World Polio Day 2015

Make History Today – Triple Your Impact

Watch our 3rd Annual World Polio Day Global Update webcast.

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How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?

Watch our third annual World Polio Day webcast for a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation.

Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker. The webcast features appearances by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi, Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, actress Kristen Bell, WWE Superstar John Cena, The Doctors co-host Dr. Jennifer Berman, CDC Polio Eradication Branch Chief John Vertefeuille, and other special guests.

Help us make history today. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Take Part

No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. As little as 60 cents worth of vaccine can protect against polio. We need your voice to end polio now. Download the resources below to join us and make an impact on World Polio Day.

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Rotary and its partners cannot end polio alone. We need your help to secure support from governments, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and others.

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