The Polio Eradication Project represents one of the core pillars for Rotary International as a humanitarian service organisation.
This was said by District Governor 2021-2022 of the Rotary International District 3310 Dolly Yeap, who added that “we are almost at the cusp of reaching the goal of the (Polio Eradication) project with only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, still recording cases of polio”.
As such, she said that the project serves as one of the final steps in fully eliminating the disease.
“We will all be proud in knowing that we have banded together to achieve this (eradicating polio) for all the children in the world, which would not have been possible without support from each other.”
She also described her continued efforts to help raise funds and awareness on the eradication of polio by conducting a climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu last month.
Yeap conducted a goodwill visit to meet with the members of the Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan and Rotary Club of Belait last week to help further establish closer relations between its members and the club.
It marked her second visit to the Sultanate, with her previous being in 2017 when she was invited to host the launching of the tree planting campaign held as part of the Polio Eradication Project that serves to raise funding and awareness to eradicate polio.
At the time, 300 saplings were planted in the Berakas Forest Reserve Recreational Park in hopes of not only responding to the efforts to eradicate polio but also as an opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions and to protect the environment.
Having returned to the site five years later, Yeap was able to see the trees that she was involved in planting have since grown and contributed to the pristine nature found at the reserve park.
Accompanying the district governor were assistant governor Clement Yong, advisor Ricky Ng, incoming president Betty Wong, and Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan member Onn Khai Hau.