Using alumni network to promote End Polio Now

Enda Young

Rotary Peace Fellow Enda Young in front of a live Twitter stream at the Rotary World Peace Symposium.

By Enda Young, a Rotary Peace Fellow to Thailand, attending the Rotary World Peace Symposium

On day two of the Rotary World Peace Symposium, we (class 12) ran a workshop session looking at how peace fellows (over 650 worldwide) can assist with the Rotary “End Polio Now” Campaign. 

Polio has not yet been eradicated from Nigeria, Afghanistan or Pakistan and one the reasons for this is the difficulties caused by conflicts in certain areas in these countries.  One of the aims of the session was to see if we could start to utilitize the alumni network in these regions and beyond.

With the help of @rotary and @EndPolioNow we managed to be repeatedly re-tweeted to over 150,000 “followers!”  It was my first time running a live Twitter stream from a conference and it was great to see first hand the power of social media in being able to get the message of the session out to many more people than were actually in the room.

Adapted from Enda Young’s blog on Word Press. Read more about the Rotary World Peace Symposium.

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