A local organization is doing their best to end polio.
The Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan held their annual garage sale outside of the Kantana Suites hotel on Saturday.
Since the group started on the project, they've contributed about $10,000 to PolioPlus.
"We have done this now for about seven years. The idea was to have one project where the profits from that one project would be part of the donation to the annual polio project. Rotary International Worldwide is dedicated to eradicated polio and encourage all clubs to coming up with a project to contribute to that," explained Bill Gordon, treasurer of the local club.
Since PolioPlus began in 1985, Rotary’s vast network of 1.2 million members has contributed money, volunteer time, and networking expertise to the polio eradication effort. Rotary’s financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach nearly US$1.2 billion by the time the world is certified polio-free. There are only three countries left that have not been declared polio free – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.
Totals have yet to be released for the garage sale.