Rotary International’s Car Rally, an Awareness Drive about Measles, Rubella and Polio Vaccination

New Delhi: In a noble initiative to accelerate the awareness for vaccines of severe diseases like Measles, Rubella and Polio amongst masses, Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Committee (INPPC) in collaboration with Rotary International (RI) Districts 3011 and 3012 and Inner Wheel District 301 are organizing the “North India Car Rally For Promoting Immunization” on October 14, (Sunday), 2018. Amidst the exquisite presence of Sushil Gupta (Rotary International President Nominee), Megha Dubey (Mrs India 2017 finalist), Sunita Choken(Solo Cyclist and Experienced Mountaineer), the car rally will be flagged off by Deepak Kapur (Chairman, Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Committee). The car rally which is assured to have an enthralling presence of 500+ cars and bikes is supported by Rotaract and Interact of Districts 3011 & 3012, RI Districts 3053, 3054, 3070, 3080, 3090, 3100 & 3110 along with Rotary, WHO, UNICEF, NDMC, Government of India, Aditya Birla Capital as partners for the campaign.

The high octane rally will take a flying start from a prominent spot i.e., Sarojni Nagar metro station and after meeting the set milestones will culminate at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri (New Delhi) at 01:00 p.m onwards. With the aim to create awareness for immunization of the children (9 months to 15 years) against Measles and Rubella, and also to support “Keep India Polio Free” campaign, cars and bikes participating in the rally will be bedecked with flags and informative stickers to inform people about the benefits of MR and Polio vaccines.

During the rally, informative pamphlets on MR and polio, benefits of vaccination and free vaccination by Government will be distributed by the participating Rotarians to the community residing en-route to the final culminating point of the car rally. Along with various other activities, there will also be a skit by school children on MR and Polio vaccines.

Briefing about the event associates:

Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s service voluntary organizations in the world actively helping and handling their issues in more than 104 countries, around the globe. Members of Inner Wheel are involved in many social activities and cause like Women Empowerment, Women &Health and Women & Education: Inner Wheel Loan Scholarship, Environment Conservation, etc.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service, leadership, professional and community service club for young men and women between the ages 18–30 (membership will end upon reaching 31 years of age). It focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

“I feel proud to announce the grand launch of Rotary International’s Car Rally that is all about raising awareness of the Measles-Rubella (MR) and Polio vaccines available in India. We stand in full support of the Government of India’s Vaccination campaigns against these deadly diseases and in the upcoming months, Rotary International will be hosting vaccination campaigns for the same at several locations across India region. Regular vaccines starting from the initial years of the children to their growing days are an easy escape from the deadly effects of MR and Poliovirus and through events like these we are doing our bit in completely eliminating this from the nation.”