On Tuesday Rotary club members will once again climb into their bike saddles in McNamara Street and depart for Molong on their way to Cowra, spreading a message about a disease many people have forgotten exists.
The riders made their way into Orange from Bathurst on Monday, bringing with them a 'message stick' they hope will raise awareness of the ongoing battle to eradicate polio, which is still claiming lives in poverty-stricken corners of the globe.
The Rotarians hope every community in the central and southern parts of NSW will get the message of the importance to continue the fight and keep their donations rolling in.
In 1988, the year when Rotary led the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the world had 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries where polio was endemic.
It is now listed as endemic in only three countries.
In 2018, there were 33 cases of wild polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Although Nigeria is officially on the list of countries where polio is endemic, it is approaching the third anniversary of its last reported case of wild polio.
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