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Saturday, August 13, 2022
PHOTO: Rotary raises $660K for World Polio Day

World Polio Day events by district Rotary clubs raised $660,000 this year. In Niagara-on-the-Lake, a fundraising bicycle ride ended Saturday morning in Queenston, where Lord Mayor Betty Disero made the proclamation of World Polio Day in town. The fundraiser was a joint effort of multiple Rotary clubs, including across the border in Lewiston, NY. The NOTL club raised $18,100 Canadian and with matching programs by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that translates into a contribution of $66,000 — 10 per cent of the total district’s contributions. The day was dedicated to the memory of Ron Mergl, who died from Cancer earlier this year. Ron was passionate about ending polio and took three international vaccination trips. His family was there Saturday to honour his legacy and contributions to the global fight against polio.