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POSTED: March 14, 2009 11:20 a.m.
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Deidre Mickelson holds a Rotary International banner.

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Inspired by Bill Gates’ dedication to eradicating polio, Deidre Mickelson presented Hinesville Rotarians with the opportunity to join the worldwide fight at their Tuesday meeting.
Mickelson said the End Polio Now campaign is a collaboration between The Gates Foundation and Rotary clubs across the world. The foundation donated $250 million to the cause and challenged Rotary clubs to match the funds.
Micklenson said each club is asked to contribute $2,000. All of the members agreed to help reach the goal.
“We’re coming together to help eliminate polio worldwide,” Mickelson said. “They’re really close right now and with these funds, I think we have a real chance at ending it.”
Mickelson said anyone can donate to the fund by sending a text message “polio” to 90999. The one-time, $5 donation will be added to the donator’s monthly phone bill.
Mickelson said she was inspired by Gates’ drive to help improve the world’s health when she attended a Rotary retreat, where she learned about details of the campaign.
“It says a lot about that man,” she said.
After receiving consensus to participate in the campaign, she also led a discussion of other possible service projects for the club that pertain to the more immediate community, including taking wounded soldiers out for a day of fishing on the coast, helping motivate and prepare future entrepreneurs and leaders of Liberty County and a few city beautification projects.
 

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