Rotary torch keeps the flame burning for polio eradication in Afghanistan

16 Mar

Rotary Voices

Members of the Rotary Club of Kabul hold the Rotary torch during its stop at their club. Members of the Rotary Club of Kabul hold the Rotary torch during its stop at their club.

By Luke Beer, president of the Rotary Club of Kabul, Afghanistan

As some of you know, a Rotary “flame” was launched in December in Chennai, India, to commemorate India becoming polio-free and to promote the need to go the last mile in the battle to eradicate this horrible crippling disease. The torch has made its way through several countries already, and will pass through all three polio endemic countries  – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria – before arriving at the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo 6-9 June.

I want to share with you just how inspiring it was to be part of the flame’s journey. As an Afghan club, we are so grateful for the energy it has given us as a club to refocus our efforts on polio awareness.

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