Help End Polio Now!

29 Jun

Dear Friends,

I have spent the last nine months at the University of Glasgow as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, where I have been studying for my master’s degree in Economic Development. Working with Rotary this past year has been a wonderful experience that has given me an unrivaled perspective on Scotland and its culture, for which I am immensely grateful.

Since 1988, Rotary has led an international campaign to eradicate poliothrough a massive vaccination effort within the developing world. Thanks to their efforts, polio cases have dropped by 99% in the past twenty-five years. Through a $200 million fundraising campaign, Rotary is now making a final push to rid the earth of polio for good. In my classes this year we have learned how diseases like polio can trap countries in poverty. Eradicating polio will be one of the greatest achievenment’s man has made against poverty. I believe in Rotary’s mission and want to help them achieve their goal.

In an effort to help Rotary’s fight against polio, I am embarking upon acoast-to-coast hiking trek across Scotland to raise money for Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign. This Sunday, I will set forth from the town of Montrose on Scotland’s east coast, and will arrive at the Atlantic Ocean approximately two weeks later at the Knoydart penninsula, one of the British mainland’s most westerly points. My 200-mile route will take me through some of Scotland’s most rigorous terrain, including a summit of Ben Nevis, the highest point of the British Isles.

Thanks to a generous grant from the University of Glasgow, my charity-hike is now coming closer to reality. My goal is to raise $3,000  for the campaign, approximately $15 for each mile walked, or enough to protect approximately 1,500 children against this devastating disease.

Will you help make polio history? We are fortunate to live in a place where diseases like polio are a thing of the past—let’s help create a world where that is true for everybody. If you are able to make a donation, please follow this link to my donation website, and click the big orange button that says “DONATE” at the top right of the page. It’s easy, safe, and for an excellent cause. All donations go directly to the End Polio Now campaign.

Recommended giving levels:
Munro Climber| $200, ($1 per mile walked)
Corbett Hillwalker| $100, (50¢ per mile walked)
Country Rambler | $50, (25¢ per mile walked)
Mile sponsor | $15

Please see for more information about Rotary’s fight against polio. Visit my blog or follow me on Twitter for the most up-to-the-minute updates about my hike.

Thank you for your generosity,



2 Responses to “Help End Polio Now!”

  1. Paralee Dawson Hayward June 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Robert I wish you all the luck in the world. I wish I could help but I am on a limited income. Thank you for help the children and good luck with your walk.
    Paralee Dawson Hayward
    An Avid Appalachian Trail Hiker

    • Robert June 30, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement, Paralee, it means a lot!

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