Langley potluck helps polio eradication efforts

Sitting down to dinner with local neighbours will help rid the world of polio.

The Rotary Club of Langley is inviting everyone to dinner, a community potluck.

The evening club is hosting the World’s Greatest Meal on Oct. 29, a benefit event for Rotary’s Polio Eradication program.

“Please come out and we will tell you the facts,” said David Truman, the polio plus chair.  “Like baseball, it’s not over till it’s over. There have been 57 cases worldwide this year. Polio is always just one airplane ride away, until it is eradicated.”

The wild polio virus remains endemic in only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. But there have been no cases in Nigeria for over a year, and it is expected that all of Africa will soon be declared polio-free.

Other communities have this event and the goal is to make this dinner an annual event here.

Langley’s first World’s Greatest Meal is the club’s way to honour World Polio Day. That happens Oct. 24, the birthday of Jonas Salk, the doctor who invented the oral polio vaccine.

The Oct. 29 potluck event is open to all ages but children must be able to sit through a presentation.

The evening potluck is at Brookswood Seniors’ Centre. What should people bring?

“Their favourite,” Truman said. “We will have a signup sheet so that we don’t get too much of one type of item.”

People interested in attending are asked to email to Truman for reservations or more information ( Tax receipts will be issued for the $20 cost of attending.

The funds will help with the international efforts to eradicate this disease.

Since 1984, Rotary International has spearheaded the effort to eradicate polio, worldwide, forever. Joined by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF, and more recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort has slashed new polio cases from over 400,000 per year, to only 57 to date in 2015.

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