Crowd out Polio for you

For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driventhe effort to eradicate polio worldwide.Our PolioPlusprogram was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale.

Ensuring Success

Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year.

Rotary in Action

More than 1 million Rotary members have donated their time and money to eradicate polio, and every year, hundreds of members work with health workers to vaccinate children in countries affected by polio.


Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance.

Crowd Out Polio Kickoff Celebration Oct 14, 2023 from 9:00 am til 2:00 pm at Crowders Mountain State Park – Sparrow Springs Trail head

Hikers, sponsors, supporters and friends of The Rotary Club of Gastonia’s Crowd Out Polio effort to help eradicate polio in the world will gather at the Sparrow Springs Access of Crowders Mountain State Park to kick off our 2023 campaign. Walk, hike, or climb the trails between Oct 14 and 24 to help bring awareness and raise funds to eradicate the dreaded disease of polio, once and for all.

World Polio Day October 24

District 7680 Pies for Polio Challenge

To help spread the word, raise some donations and have some fun, Rotary District 7680 Governor Nico Iannelli will take a Pie for Polio (with a $100 minimum donation)

How it works: You take a pie in the face for Polio and you FILM it on your phone and put it on your social media channels! You nominate TWO friends to do the same (representing the TWO countries still dealing with Polio). You encourage others to learn about this disease and to consider making a donation here.

All donations are matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.