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Ride To End Polio-Tom Robertshaw

What do bicycles and polio have in common? More than you’d think! Meet Tom Robertshaw.

Tom’s been into cycling all of his life and has ridden for charity all over the country. But it was at the Atlanta International Rotary Convention that Tom put together cycling and polio.

Tom sat in one of the seminars and heard from Bill Gates and his magnificent offer to match $2 for every $1 raised to eradicate polio. Energized with this challenge, he then ran into a booth there at the convention exhibiting Rotarians riding for a cause. For example, there is a Rotary Ride Across America each year that has seen over $3M raised within one year (Tom even participated in this race 20 years ago). The one that attracted Tom’s attention, though, was a bike race in Tuscon, AZ.

It seems this race is over 35 years old and began by the city of Tuscon to benefit the city. Over the past 10-15 years, Rotary has become a large participant, providing around 150 riders out of the 6,000 that annually show up for this race. Tom tells us that this race is one of the absolutely best organized races in the country, and he’s tried a number of them.

This event is titled, “Rotary Ride to End Polio”. Each of these 150 Rotarian riders come from different clubs around the country. And each club raises money for that rider. These pooled funds are going toward the polio campaign. Tom is looking forward to returning again this year to Tuscon to help finish off their efforts to match as many dollars as they can with Bill Gates (his pledge runs from 2017 to 2019).

How can you help? You can help out in several ways. One is to directly support Tom in his ride. To do this you may reach out to Tom’s website for a donation, http://ideas.rotary.org/Project/Profile/5eaaed82-4bde-4d2a-bb29-9ab265c3019a?personalization=d516509a-2284-44c0-a26c-f1477c713574. Another way you can contribute and actually participate is through the Indoor Ride. This is a process where you can ride in your own gym, as little or as much as you would like, and raise money from your own efforts. To get involved in this aspect of the event, please visit the http://ridetoendpolio.org/ website for more information.

We support, compliment and encourage Tom and others in this great way to visibly and financially support the cause to eradicate polio. How close are we? This close and Tom and others are peddling fast to close that final gap.