Three Anne Arundel County Rotary Clubs teamed up to raised money to fight polio worldwide, helping a group of cross-country bikers meet their financial goal.
The Annapolis, Parole, and North Shore Rotary Clubs raised a combined $4,000 for Team Rotary RAAM Polio Plus, a group of four bikers who pedaled from San Diego to Annapolis, arriving in Maryland's capital city by 10:15 a.m. at Annapolis City Dock.
The donation gets the team to their $1 million goal. Rotary International, the U.N. World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and several countries have pledged more than $1 billion to eradicate the virus.
“Polio is not totally gone,” incoming president of the Rotary Club of Annapolis, Jim Campbell, said in a statement. “More work is still to be done. Team Rotary’s efforts will go to a still very important cause.”
Though polio has been eliminated in the U.S., it remains prevalent in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with cases showing up in other countries as well.