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The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. There are more than 34,000 Rotary clubs globally, making an organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Service Above Self is the Rotarian motto and members volunteer in communities at home and abroad addressing the 6 areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. When you support a District fund-raiser such as the Foundation Walk, or giving directly to The Rotary Foundation you are helping support projects both local and world-wide.

Rotary International (RI) has worked hard over the past 20 years to eradicate Polio from the world, and RI and its partners are now on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease. However, a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all because Polio is still attacking victims, mainly children under the age of 5, in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible. Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. If polio isn’t eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of the disease, and potentially more than 10 million children could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The final eradication of Polio is a window of opportunity of historic proportions within global health, and we, as members of The Rotary Club of Toronto, are delighted to be part of this RI Campaign.

The Rotary Club of Toronto will donate $100K, as part of our Centennial Project celebrations, to the Rotary International Polio Plus Campaign. Our 100K donation will take advantage of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenge, and will be matched dollar for dollar, making this investment in the children of the world even more worthwhile.