WORLD POLIO DAY: Rotary International & Islamabad Traffic Police organised an End Polio Now Rally

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Group photo of the participants in End Polio Rally held in Islamabad

By Sarmad Shehbaz

Islamabad: 24 Oct – The news is from the Federal Capital of Pakistan. On the occurrence of World Polio Day Tuesday, 24th October’17, the Rotary International alongside its youth program Rotaract Club of Islamabad Metropolitan organized an EPN (End Polio Now) Rally in collaboration with Islamabad Traffic Police. The teams gathered at the F-9-Park in the heart of the city and started the rally from F-9 Park gate G-9 and covered through the D-CHOWK Islamabad and return at the initial point. To the resolve for eradicating polio from Pakistan, men, women, children, and professionals from all walks of life walked for a cause on the World Polio Day. The EPN (End Polio Now) rally was planned out in collaboration of Youth Catalyst Pakistan (YCP) UNICEF, EPI and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP).

The event is notable for the awareness of Polio Disease around the world and to sympathize with those who are effected by this horrific disease. 

Rotary International, along with partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. The Organization is close to eradicating polio from all over the world. The everlasting sweats from the Rotary International to eliminate polio have been described as one of the finest humanitarian projects the world has ever known and Rotary has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

During the rally on Tuesday, 24th October’17 at the Islamabad many renowned personalities SSP Traffic Mr. Matloob Ahmed, Deputy Mayor Islamabad Syed Zeeshan Naqvi, officials from UNICEF and past President Rotary Club Islamabad Raja Muhammad Shabbir graced the rally and joined hands for this noble purpose, promising in making Pakistan Polio Free.

On this account,one of the organizer of the Rally Mr. Asim Nawaz Abbasi said:
“We are near to end polio from Pakistan as we are left with only 5 cases of Polio in Pakistan.”

At the closing, PAG Ms. Tayyaba Gul and President Rotary Club Islamabad Metropolitan Majid Qureshi presented shields to the dear guests. 

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