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World Polio Day occurs on Saturday 24 October 2020 and to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now programme we have a repeat of last year’s successful combined districts event.
Districts 9910/9920 are collaborating again to hold a Polio event in Auckland on Friday, 23 October 2020.  This is based on the All Train Stations event held last year, and in 2020 harbour ferries have been added to the transport options – hence the change from Polio All Trains to Polio All Transit.
This is an opportunity for all local Rotary clubs to ‘jump on board’.
 
CONCEPT:
A team (dressed in red End Polio apparel) will ride the Auckland Transport (AT) train and Fullers, Sealink and Belaire ferry networks.  At each train station or ferry terminal visited there will be a local Rotary Club (also dressed in red End Polio apparel) who will symbolically hand over a cheque for the End Polio Campaign to the Polio Team riding the trains or ferries.  Clubs may like to use a fake ‘big cheque’ for this occasion.
The photo opportunity will be actioned either at the station/platform/terminal but if there is not enough time, club members can join the train/ferry to ride for a couple of stops and have the photo opportunity onboard, then return via train or ferry to their base station.
 
PROMOTION & FUNDRAISING:
AT has given permission for Rotarians to undertake this event and to collect donations from passengers travelling on the trains and ferries and at the stations/terminals.
It is anticipated we will not only raise awareness of the End Polio Campaign but it is also an opportunity for local clubs to promote Rotary and invite interested people to join or engage with their club.
The project team will work with clubs on the allocation of stations.  Some stations/terminals have been identified for more substantial information stands and require people throughout the event’s duration.
We suggest each Polio Rider arranges sponsorship from friends and families to raise money whilst they ride the trains at say $1 per station or $5 per ferry ride.
 
FURTHER INFO:
The event generally commences at approximately 8am and runs through until about 6pm.
However, there will be a timetable of when the train or ferry with the Polio Riders will arrive at each club’s designated station/terminal.
Rotarians will be able to join the Riders group by registering and Riders can ride free on the network as long as they are wearing a red End Polio Now Shirt.
 
YOUR INVITATION:
We would like to invite your club to participate in this event.  If you are interested please complete the Club registration form. 
If you would like to be a Polio Rider please complete the Rider Registration form.
Additional details will be sent to all those participating.  
  • You will need to register with the Registration Form to advise if you or your club will be participating in the event.
  • There is a Promotion Poster for you to use in your club bulletin or Facebook page.
  • There is also a Sponsorship Form to use if you are able to get any sponsors to support your efforts.
For all of these documents see further down the page under 'Downloads'
 
For more information please contact Grant Smith at grantsmith.rotary@gmail.com
 
A huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 event