JOIN US SATURDAY, OCT 24 from 12-4pm at WT BREWS
Come to our drive-thru event this year to purchase WT Brews locally made beverages (including a beer custom brewed for us!) and our sugar waffles being fried fresh on site. A portion of all beer sales will go to support our club's efforts to combat this crippling disease (learn more further down).
Join and share our Facebook event so you can stay in the loop as we develop the custom beer, map out the drive thru and get details into place for this year's fun event. Check out the photos from last year's event below too! We'll also be sharing more about why eradicating polio is important, how polio has impacted people right here in Baldwinsville and why Rotary is confident they will achieve complete eradication!
Volunteers sign up here.
This event is a partnership between Baldwinsville Rotary, a community service organization
that's been helping others in Baldwinsville for 47 years, and WT Brews,
a B'ville-based farm brewery, serving up local libations and amazing collaborations for charity!
Not that you should need too much motivation for beer and sugar waffles, but you are probably asking yourself,
Why am I being asked to help raise money to fight polio?
Hasn't that disease been gone for a long time?
In America, sure. We're good.
But unfortunately, there are two countries in the world where children are at risk of getting this disease, which can leave them crippled (and often shunned) for life. Afghanistan and Pakistan have had about 100 news cases combined this year. That's WAY down from when the world saw 350,000 new cases each year back in the 1980's, but we are really looking to completely eradicate this thing.
Because of how the disease is transmitted, if it exists anywhere in the world, it can spread.
You might also be wondering, can you really eradicate a disease?
Valid question! It's only ever been done once before in human history (small pox).
But we know we can because we've been doing it all around the world for decades. For the past thirty years, Rotary, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has checked off country after country, continent after continent, marking them free from polio. Africa is the most recent continent to be declared free of the wild polio virus this year!
The remaining endemic countries pose a special challenge due to unrest in the region.
Today, not only are we committed, Bill & Melinda Gates are on the project too. They match every dollar contributed 2 to 1.
So each dollar WT Brews donates from your beer purchase at B'ville Pints for Polio will get matched by the Gates Foundation, turning $1 into $3!
A new question this year is very fair and worth discussion.
Why are we talking about polio during the coronavirus pandemic?
Rotary has contributed tens of millions of dollars to helping during the pandemic in countries all over the world. Our club stepped up to grow our Backpack Program, which provides food for children in need, from 30 bags per week to over 600 while school was dismissed last spring. Clubs all over the world have been helping purchase PPE and medical equipment, supporting people who need nutritional and financial support, ensuring first responders get access to self care and much more. The immediate work of serving others during the pandemic has been happening since it began and will continue as long as there is need.
Our polio vaccination efforts were halted for several months when it was unsafe for volunteers to be traveling and people to be gathering. It still is in some parts of the world. However, thanks to our polio eradication work, Rotary has established networks, experts in contact tracing and the ability to implement public health initiatives that are going to not only help resume our work to fight polio, but will serve communities around the world in battling coronavirus as well. When the vaccine for coronavirus is ready, it can piggyback with our polio vaccination efforts, which already were working to treat communities for all kinds of health concerns.
Rotarians can walk and chew gum at the same time. In fact, we have seven areas of focus that we work on in different ways to address our individual community needs. So we can both talk about eradicating polio to protect the children of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and talk about how we are feeding local children whose families are in need due to the current pandemic.
We hope you will join us on our diverse adventures of community service!
And then there's a question we get once in a while,
What is Rotary?
Rotary is the world's biggest and best community service organization. There are 35,000+ volunteer-run clubs in communities all around the world, doing projects big (like eradicating polio) and small (helping install a Little Free Library). While doing these projects and fundraisers, members (called "Rotarians") make friends, learn a lot about where they live and gain personal fulfillment from helping others. The Baldwinsville Rotary Club has been around since 1972 and in almost five decades of community service we have fed the hungry, supported our veterans, provided scholarships, built buildings, cleaned parks, encouraged cultural exchange, written A LOT of checks to organizations that provide vital services to our friends and neighbors, and so much more!
We're a fun group that is excited to combine our love of happy hours with fighting polio. We hope you can join us!