Gables High Interact lights up City Hall with ‘End Polio Now’ message
To honor the memory of the Rotary founder Paul Harris, Coral Gables Interact once again lit an iconic Coral Gables building with the worldwide Rotary message to END POLIO NOW. Coral Gables City Hall was the latest building to be illuminated on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Rotary has been engaged in a battle to end polio since 1985 and has been 95% successful — three years ago there were four endemic countries, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Nigeria. India has been polio-free for more than a year now. And so Rotary is very close to achieving its goal.
Jake Mekin, president of the Coral Gables Senior High School service club, has focused the efforts of his club this school year on “getting the message out.”
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and millions of Rotarians world wide, the ultimate goal is within reach.
Coral Gables Interact is doing its part in this fight, donating the proceeds of its fundraiser, $1,000, to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus fund. And in an effort to spread the message, Coral Gables Interact has already illuminated Coral Gables High School, the 550 Biltmore Way Building and now Coral Gables City Hall.
Jake said, “we still have one more landmark building in Coral Gables that could further the message — our next effort will be the famous Biltmore Hotel.” Stay tuned … World Rotary Day is Feb. 23.