Dr. Baker returns Sept. 5. He welcomes guest writers Patty and Mikayla Thompson, supporters of the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign.
They wrote this fifth article together:
People together can make a difference. We are ending polio all around the world—even in the four final countries where children still are getting infected each year. We’re accomplishing this by working with lots of different people and groups.
Once, polio affected a huge number of families in the U.S. Then, Americans organized a nationwide campaign to end infections in this country. There is power when people work together.
We were part of an inspiring example of this principle on May 13 at precisely 10:00 AM at Millennium Park in Chicago. More than 300 Rotarians representing District 6400 from Michigan, USA, and Ontario, Canada, froze on the spot to show that we are This Close to the end of polio! We wrote about that flash mob on Monday—and today we’re going to show you a video produced by volunteers that day.
There is just This Much more effort needed to end polio, so Rotarians met at the Chicago Bean and started a flash mob. After five minutes, Rotary members and conference attendees took off outer shirts to flash our End Polio Now T-shirts. We sang “Let There be Peace on Earth.” People all around us in Chicago were amazed. At first, they had no clue what was happening.
As elaborate as that event was to plan, it was just one small step in ending this worldwide killer. We were willing to take that step to capture the attention of more people—to get more people involved, if we could. We really do understand that the final push takes all the effort we can muster.
Watch our video below and, please, add a note of encouragement …
Or an idea for motivating more people to help in the final push.
If you don’t see a video screen above, you can go directly to YouTube to view our video.
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.