The Rotary Foundation
The number-one goal of the Rotary Foundation PolioPlus program is to eradicate polio throughout the world. PolioPlus is the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history. To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands for more than 20 years. Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of polio. It is working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Today, PolioPlus is recognized worldwide as a model of public and private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal. In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, Rotary works to urge support from other partners. This includes the campaign to End Polio Now, inspired by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with two grants totaling $355 million.
The Rotary Foundation will be contributing an additional $200 million in a matching grant totaling $555 million towards eradicating polio worldwide. This program has the opportunity of doing something good for every country and child in perpetuity.
Darleen Blesi is one of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Mount Laurel joining in August of 2017. She is the Director of Community and Donor Engagement at Bancroft in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is challenged with being out and about in the community to speak about corporate responsibility and volunteering. Darleen brings over fifteen years of development experience to Bancroft. Prior to joining Bancroft in 2015, Darleen was the Development Director at YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, NJ for seven years. She is also an ambassador at the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member of Medford Cares. Darleen is passionate about making an impact and service to the community. She resides in Shamong with her husband, Chris and three sons, Connor, Garrett and Tiernan.
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