Contact: David Andrews
Durham College
2018 Simcoe St N
Centre for Collaborative Education
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

WORLD POLIO DAY 2022 - LIVE from the Rotary Global Classroom at DURHAM COLLEGE in Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA  -  06:00 pm to 8:30 pm -  joint  meeting of the 11 Durham Region Rotary Clubs (plus the Rotary Club of Port Hope) in the Rotary Global Classroom in the Centre for  Collaborative  Education at Durham College where we will celebrate World Polio Day with leaders from around the world, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood, and Durham College.

 Cash bar and   a light lunch will be served. Cost $ to be annonced  per person (portion will be donated to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Eradictaion Initative and will credited to your next Paul Harris Fellow.) Spouses, guests and prospective members are invited. We will see the live 2022 Rotary International World PolioDay video and District 7070 will brodacast our event live to Rotary Clubs and to Universities and colleges worldwide.  Proclamations from Cities in Durham Region and also from Durham Region to our 10 Rotary clubs. Rotary International leaders from around the world will update Rotary's efforts to REnd Polio Now and will participate in a panel discussion. What can we do to eradicate polio from the planet - Rotary's promise to the children of the world in 1988. 

We are requesting October 24, 2022 be proclaimed as World Polio Day in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and in the Regional Municipality of Durham
The co-host clubs - The Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood in District 7070 (South Central Ontario, Canada) invite the world to watch it all 'LIVE” from Durham College's Rotary Global Classroom on October 20, 2022 (including a live feed from Rotary International)

Date and Time: OCTOBER 20, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
WE ARE LIVE AT 7:00 PM. PLEASE ARRIVE AROUND 5:45 PM, join your Rotary friends, have a light luncheon buffet, enjoy the cash bar, and get to your seats. Parking is in Founders Lot # 2 .
Location: The Rotary Global Classroom, Centre For Collaborative Education, Durham College, 2018 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

The Worldwide Public is invited to watch the livestream STARTING AT 7:00 PM , Eastern Time, by connecting to and link to the Class “World Polio Day – Rotary International” on October 20

FROM 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM -  Registration and cash bar just outside the Rotary Global Classroom

Via a brief video, we will see Durham Regional Chair John Henry (and a proud member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa) proclaim World Polio Day In All Of Durham Region And Honours The 11 Rotary Clubs of Durham Region : Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood, Whitby, Whitby-Sunrise, GOALS, Ajax, Pickering, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Bowmanville, And Courtice), the Rotary Club of Port Hope, and Iosif Ciosa, District 7070 Governor

The event will be attended by Rotarians from the 11 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope) and many Rotarians from southern Ontario and around the world as we livestream the event to the Durham College Global Class network of colleges worldwide and to Rotarians all over the world.

We will live broadcast with Rotary International leaders in the eradication of polio as they update Rotary efforts and wehat it will take for Rotarians to help eradicate polio from our planet, followed by the livestream of the 2022 Rotary International World Polio Day broadcast .

We will keep you posted as we confirm our Rotary leaders who will be broadcasting our event.

“We encourage everyone to join us on October 20, 2022 starting at 7:00 pm by going to a link that will soon be established for the 2022 World Polio Day LIVE fromthe Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario CANADA," Past District Governor Ron Dick added

Here is the 2021 link to show you a glimpse of what World Polio Day is all about: and link in to Class: "World Polio Day – Rotary International.”

During the World Polio Day event, we will be showing everyone to Rotary International's 2022 World Polio Day video. We’ll be streaming it live. You will see it here live. Global health experts and Rotary’s celebrity polio ambassadors will discuss our remarkable progress toward a polio-free world.

Oshawa-Parkwood Rotary Past President Dave Andrews noted, “In many cities all over the world, October 24, 2022 will be proclaimed World Polio Day in honour of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the world. Rotarians will be gathering at city and town halls to acknowledge October 24 as World Polio Day, and to reconfirm our deep commitment to Eradicate Polio from the face of the earth.”

The world is on the verge of eliminating one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century -- poliomyelitis. During the first half of the 20th century, polio crippled over a half a million people every year. Even today, children in some developing countries continue to fall victim to the disease - only 5 so far in 2022. But thanks in large part to Rotary International and to the 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, including the 11 Durham Region Rotary Clubs , the disease will soon be all but a memory.

As World Polio Day draws closer, the world is 99.9% polio-free, the fight to end polio is not over and Rotary Clubs worldwide continue to raise funds to meet the challenge.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, 34 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 children paralyzed due to polio every year, and in all of 2022, only 6 have been confirmed - 1 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan.

Oshawa Rotary Past District Governor Ron Dick said, “Since 1985, Rotary members world-wide have contributed nearly US$1.9 billion to help immunize more than 2.7 billion children against polio, and we have helped secure over US$ 8.0 billion from donor governments world-wide. Coinciding with World Polio Day, Rotary is ramping up its advocacy work in the 200 countries and regions where Rotary clubs exist to encourage every national government to commit to the funding levels needed to close the gap.”

“Events like this are happening all over the world on October 24 and throughout this week. Right here in our own Rotary District, in southern Ontario, Canada, flag raising ceremonies will be held in Markham, Richmond Hill, and other towns and cities in southern Ontario. Oshawa Flag raisingwill be during World Polio Week in October at Oshawa City Hall, and the Durham region flag raising for all 11 Rotary Clubs
during World Polio Week at Regional Headquarters in Whitby, Ontario. There will be a flag raising ceremony at City Hall in Toronto right in the heart of the city, the home to the 2018 Rotary International Convention and in the evening, we will also be lighting up the CN Tower, The Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto, and even Niagara Falls in red, white, and yellow , the colours of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign, to raise awareness to our cause and efforts in eradicating this disease,” he added.

“We encourage everyone to join us on October 20, 2022 starting at 6:00 pm eastern Time, to see what Rotary is doing to keep our promise to the children of the world – to eradicate polio” , Past District Governor Ron Dick added.

Be sure to tune in on October 20 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm .Go to link which we will have soon. Here is last year's link for a sneak preview:  and look for the class name: World Polio Day - Rotary International. It will be set up in a few days prior to Oct 20.

Attention Rotarians, Rotaractors and your guests: If you wish to attend, please register on the Rotary District 7070 website (under this event) or email and he will register you. Cost is $ to be announced.A light lunch and cash bar are available. Free Parking in Founders Lot 2.