The Rotary Club of San Diego and the National Honor Society (NHS) ask the community to help them in the fight to eradicate polio from the planet.
There are two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where people are plagued with the crippling and fatal disease with children under the age of five with the highest risk.
While there is no cure for Polio, there is prevention. Rotary's priority focus on Polio began as the first project of the Health, hunger and Humanity program and it was launched as a global strategy.
On Oct. 21. the NHS members will be selling baked goods during their lunch hour and during Friday night's football game as part of Purple Pinky Day.
Purple Pinky Day is a global humanitarian effort that provides the NHS members an opportunity for the organization to help extract Polio.
The primary goal of the Purple Pinky Project is twofold; 1) to raise money to help eradicate Polio and 2) to raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease and prevention.
According to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the gates will match 2 to 1, up to $35 million per year through the year 2018.
According to Rotary President Belinda Vera, every dollar raised plus the Gates' match will save five lives.
Each oral polio vaccine costs as little as $0.60. The vaccines will be taken to the children of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Along with the vaccines are purple markers.
According to Belinda Vera, when volunteers give children the vaccine their pinky's are marked with the purple marker that helps volunteers which children have received the vaccine.
One NHS officer and her family understand the importance of Polio vaccines.
For Lorena Vera, NHS secretary, her great-aunt's hands and legs were paralyzed by the disease when she failed to receive the vaccine in time.
The NHS has set a goal that surpasses just monetary donations.
“Our goal is to get the whole student body and the community aware of the disease,” said Cassandra Gonzalez, NHS Vice-President.