Walking to end polio

More than 1,500 polio eradication supporters took to Sydney Olympic Park Saturday for the End Polio Now 3K Walk.

“We are walking today to support our fight to end polio and continue our work to prevent any child from suffering from this crippling disease,” says Rotary International President Ron Burton, who opened the walk and welcomed participants near the Olympic Flame Cauldron.

Burton led the walk through Cathy Freeman Park, which now hosts the Olympic Cauldron of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Over the three kilometres, supporters shared their experience with polio.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s walk,” added polio survivor and advocate Ann Lee Hussey. “Every step that I take as a polio survivor is my constant reminder of how much eradication is needed. And I ask that everyone use the steps they took today as a reminder of our work to end polio.”

The End Polio Now 3K Walk is one of many events at the Rotary International 2014 Convention that support polio eradication.

Keep up with the convention on Twitter and Facebook by following the hashtag #ricon14 and view photos and videos from participants in a hashtag gallery on the Rotary Facebook page.

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