For more than 20 years, Rotarians and their friends have worked tirelessly to keep our promise to the world’s children to eradicate polio. We’re almost there, but as in any race, the last mile is the hardest.
On 17 November — to honor those who strive to reach the historic goal of eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history — my wife, Marga, and I will join Rotarians in the Tucson, Arizona, area to raise money for Rotary’s PolioPlus Program at El Tour de Tucson. It’s one of the top U.S. cycling events, and it attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year.
For the ride, Marga and I intend to raise US$111,000. That’s $1,000 for every mile in the 111-mile course, the longest of the four main events.
We need your help to reach our goal. Rotarians can contribute to my ride by logging on to Member Access, which will give you the option to contribute to GS Hewko – Ride to End Polio. You will receive full recognition points for your contribution, which may be made in any amount. For friends of Rotary, you also can help through my Crowdrise page.
Cycling is one of my passions, and it will be especially rewarding for me to be doing something I so enjoy in support of a goal all of us in Rotary are so committed to: a polio-free world. You can follow my fundraising and training progress on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Together, let’s End Polio Now.