Milford Rotarian to fight polio in Nigeria
MILFORD >> Devon Rotary member and local business owner Greyson Schwing will travel to Nigeria late this month to participate in a worldwide effort to eradicate polio, according to a press release from the organization.
And he is looking for help.
Schwing, owner of Antelope Web, is joining a small team of Rotarians on a mission to participate in National Immunization Day, sponsored by Rotary International.
Volunteers like Schwing raise money for their own travel, expenses and lodging, so he is raising money for his trip via www.razoo.com/us/story/Endpolionow.
Volunteers will work in the field dispensing polio vaccinations to children in an effort to halt the spread of the disease, according to the release.
According to statistics provided by Devon Rotary, in 2016, there have been four reported cases of polio in Nigeria, and in 2015 there were 75 confirmed cases of polio worldwide. That is down 99.9 percent from more than 1,000 new cases each day in the 1980s. Rotarians have immunized 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
The organization has vowed to continue until there are no polio cases in the world again. Two other countries that have confirmed polio cases in the last two years are Afghanistan and Pakistan, the release says.
For every $1 given to the Polio Plus program, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match that donation.
To donate directly to Polio Plus, contact devonrotary.org