In an impressive show of solidarity, over 400 Rotarians from across Ireland came together recently for the annual conference at La Mon House Hotel in Belfast and raised over £15,000 – enough for 44,000 polio vaccinations.

Conference attendees learnt that over the next three years, Rotary International has pledged to raise $150million for the End Polio Now campaign, which will be match funded two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This will see the complete eradication of the disease worldwide.

Raising money to help the worldwide fight against polio is just one of the ways in which the 100-year-old philanthropic organisation is determined to leave its legacy. Rotary Ireland announced their pledge to help reduce the number of stroke cases across the country by partnering with leading charities; the Stroke Association and the Irish Heart Foundation. The year-long project will see clubs across the country raise funds and awareness of the dangers of stroke in a bid to reduce death and disability associated with the disease.

Host by ITV producer, Claire Savage, Rotarians at the event enjoyed a variety of lively guest speakers which included; Bill Wolsey OBE, Managing Director of Beannchor Group, Professor Jim Dornan, Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Bargain Hunt Antiques Expert, Eric Knowles.

For more information on helping in the fight against polio or about joining your local Rotary Club to help to make changes in our world please visit or contact your local club.