Rotary, Sanofi Pasteur Ring Stock Exchange Bells in New York City and Across Europe in Support of Polio EradicationBy Rotary International, PRNE
Sunday, February 20, 2011
EVANSTON, Illinois, February 21, 2011 - On Feb. 23, Rotary International will join vaccine-producer Sanofi
Pasteur to ring the trading bells at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and
four NYSE Euronext exchanges to draw attention to the global campaign to
eradicate the crippling disease polio.
Sanofi Pasteur plays a major role by supplying oral polio vaccine to the
Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary is a spearheading
partner, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. Since 1988, the company has
donated 120 million vaccine doses to immunize children in Angola, Liberia,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Southern Sudan.
The NYSE closing bell ceremony will begin at 3:40 p.m. EST with remarks
by Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith and Sanofi Pasteur
Vice-President of Global Immunization Policy Dr. Michael Watson. Later that
evening, the NYSE exterior will be illuminated with Rotary's End Polio Now
NYSE Euronext ceremonies:
- NYSE Euronext Amersterdam. Press contact Rineke Reitsma; +31-(0)20-550-4110; email@example.com. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET. - NYSE Euronext Brussels. Press contact Anne De Gang, firstname.lastname@example.org. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET. - NYSE Euronext Paris. Press contact Caroline Tourrier, email@example.com. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET. - NYSE Euronext Lisbon. Press contact Sandra Machado, +351-21-7900029, firstname.lastname@example.org. Program begins at 4:30 p.m. WET
Polio eradication is Rotary's top philanthropic goal. Rotary members to
date have contributed more than US $1 billion and countless volunteer hours
to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is now
raising an additional $200 million in response to a $355 million challenge
grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio has dropped by
more than 99 percent. In 2010, fewer than 1,000 polio cases were reported
worldwide, down from 350,000 cases annually in the late 1980s.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who
provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the
world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 33,000 Rotary clubs in more
than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Wayne Hearn +1-847-866-3386, wayne.hearn at rotary.org, or Thomas McVey, +1-309-287-0945, thomas.mcvey at rotary.org
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