On Saturday, May 27th, four members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen raised $7,000 for The Rotary Foundation by jumping out of a plane 12,000 ft above the ground. With matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Government of Canada the $7,000 raised will turn into a $35,000 donation towards ending Polio. These funds will help immunize close to 350,000 children against this horrific disease. Shane Todhunter, Vickii Paramanathan, Elizabeth Wagner, and Randy Bilesky took the courageous leap with the support of Skydive Vancouver’s staff. “What an exhilarating way to support a cause I care so much about” stated Todhunter after he landed, and said he would have loved to do it again.
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen partners with various International Organizations to eradicate Polio. As of June 2014, there are only 3 countries in the world where there are still cases of Polio reported each year. Rotary’s goal is to see polio wiped from the face of the world within the next few years.