03 February 2009

Tennessee Rotarians travel to India to immunize children against polio

Tennessee Rotary members Beth Stubbs, Townses Osborn, Roy King and his wife Elisa and their two daughters Sarah and Nicole recently left to immunize children against polio in India. While they are there, Sarah and Nicole will be keeping a blog that they will update with their thoughts for the day and will be adding pictures from their immunization trip. Here is a short exert from their blog:

Leaving the airport, the King family is all but happy to have arrived safely in Delhi. After being delayed in Knoxville and worrying about whether we would make our flight to India, we were in Newark boarding the plane to India. The thirteen hour flight from Newark to India was long, but it was well worth it. When we arrived in India, we were welcomed by our tour guide. Tired and weary, we were joined by five other Rotarians – Mike and Betsy, Danny, Liz, Rachel and Mr. Patel. After a quick introduction, we were rushed to the bus and all of us, along with our bags (no one lost their luggage!), hopped on and prepared for a ride to the hotel. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were welcomed with a bindi, a traditional Indian mark worn in the middle of the forehead. Finally, after rooms had been checked, all of the Rotarians made their way up to their rooms in hopes of freshening up for the coming day tomorrow.

To read more about the Tennessee team's trip and to view pictures, visit their blog at:

Worldwide media take notice of Rotary and Gates Foundation $355 commitment to polio eradication

Following the announcement of the a new $355 funding commitment by Rotary and the Gates Foundation, the worldwide media took notice and helped spread the word. More than 300 articles were written about the announcement and appeared in the USA Today, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal just to name a few. Coverage of the funding announcement came from all over the globe including: England, India, Korea, France, Scotland, Nigeria, Iran, Brazil, Pakistan, Canada and Australia. To read some of the news stories click on the links below.

The USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-01-22-polio_N.htm

The Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-polio_thursdayjan22,0,6972629.story

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/world/africa/22polio.html?ref=world

The Herald (Scotland): http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/features/display.var.2483514.0.Shot_in_the_arm_in_fight_against_polio.php

The Economic Times (India) : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Gates_foundation_pledges_630_mn_to_fight_polio_in_India/articleshow/4013553.cms

The Korea Times : http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/01/178_38380.html

Leadership Nigeria : http://leadershipnigeria.com/news/117/ARTICLE/5837/2009-01-23.html