Rotary honors Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON, UK (December 16, 2013) — Rotary International recognized Her
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II  on Monday,16 December with the Rotary
International Award of Honor to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her
Coronation. Her Majesty The Queen, who has graciously accepted this
prestigious honor, has supported Rotary’s polio eradication and humanitarian
programs.

The award was presented on behalf of Rotary International at Buckingham
Palace, London. Since 1990, the President of Rotary International has
granted the Rotary International Award of Honor to deserving individuals.
Past recipients of the Rotary International Award of Honor include the late
Nelson Mandela, State President, Republic of South Africa; His Holiness Pope
Benedict XVI; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Her Majesty Queen Noor of
Jordan and the late King Hussein of Jordan.

 

Her Majesty The Queen, who celebrated the 60th anniversary of her Coronation
this year, sent her good wishes for the year ahead to all Rotary Club
Members in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth and applauds
Rotary for its polio eradication program and advocacy efforts: “I am pleased
that Commonwealth governments are playing their part in tackling disease and
improving health for all. Polio, for example, used to cast its shadow across
many countries. Today, thanks to concerted international action, just a
handful still need to eliminate polio.”

When Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, polio struck more than
1,000 children around the world every day. Although the disease is at its
lowest levels ever—just 223 reported cases in 2012—polio has never been
stopped in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Rotary made polio eradication its top philanthropic goal in 1985. As the
volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary has
contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless hours of volunteer
service to ending polio. This includes nearly ₤20 million contributed by the
more than 53,000 members of Rotary clubs in the United Kingdom. To date,
more than two billion children have been immunized against the paralyzing
and sometimes deadly poliovirus.

 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative includes the World Health
Organization, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) about Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to
tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects
1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries
and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and
international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities
to working toward a polio-free world.

For more information, visit Rotary.org <file:///C:\Users\hearnw\Documents\rotary.org>  or Rotary’s Media Center
<http://rotary.synapticdigital.com/>

With Best Regards,
RPIC / PDG David Harilela
Vice Chair, Rotary Taipei Institute 2013
Rotary Public Image Coordinator Zone 10B 2013-15
District 3450, 3460, 3470, 3480, 3490, 3500, 3510, 3520
D3450 PI Chair 2013-14
Past District Governor 2011-12
Rotary International District 3450 (Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia)
Founder and Chair
THE ONE- International Humanitarian Award

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