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.
Debbie Callahan joined Rotary in 2009 and is a two-time past President. Having grown up participating in Girl Scouts and 4-H, Rotary was a natural fit to continue community service. "Rotary is what you make of it," she feels, "instead of just one person you have the help & support from many others. Rotarians take action to make things better in your community, region and across the world."
Beside planting trees at Elbo Park and providing dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Mount Laurel, club donations included Operational Yellow Ribbon, Samaritan Hospice, Alice Paul Institute, Service Dog for Veterans, Githens Center, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and more. As immediate past-president, she could not be prouder of her small but mighty club.
Mount Laurel has been central to Debbie all her life. Early years were spent on the family farm with summer days starting very early driving the tractor while others picked corn; followed by working the family roadside stand. She attended Mount Laurel schools and graduated from Lenape HS. Today, she is co-owner of CARSTAR Lakeside Collision, the auto body shop on Marne Hwy with the RED roof! When not involved in a Rotary project she enjoys travel, sightseeing, shows and concerts.
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