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Rotarian Polio Walk-a-thon on Sunday
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From left, Jason Messer of Manteca Rotary, Manteca Interact Club member Kayla Miller, Interact Club President Michael Yoon and John Trueb of the Manteca Morning Rotary display the $500 donation from Interact to Rotary for Sunday’s World Polio Day Walk-A-Thon. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Manteca’s two Rotary clubs are gearing up for this Sunday’s World Polio Day Walk-A-Thon.

They’re hoping to raise $2,000 for the Rotary International to go toward the challenge issued by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The goal is for Rotary International to collect $200 million as part of the matching funds,” said Manteca Rotary President Renee Kee.

In turn, the Gates would donate a quarter of a billion dollars in the fight against polio.

Kee noted Tuesday that Rotary International is not too far from that goal, thus far, collecting $147 million.

Manteca Rotary – or the noon-time group – will join forces with the Morning Rotary Club in the Walk for Polio Plus.

Together, they received a $500 donation from the Manteca Interact Club to go toward Sunday’s Walk-A-Thon.

This first-ever event in Manteca will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., starting from Lathrop Road at the Tidewater Bike Path to Library Park, which will feature music, snacks, and information on the crippling disease still prevalent in countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, India and Pakistan.

“Rotary International is working to eradicate polio from the world,” Kee said.
The Interact Club is a branch of Rotary. The local service organization raised the money to help the Rotary International cause via club dues, business contacts, and working special events such as the Manteca Federated Club Tea Party.

“It’s a combination of small donations that accumulated,” said Interact Club President Michael Yoon.