JAMESTOWN – Jamestown area residents hit the streets over the weekend to raise awareness to World Polio Day, and the new push to eradicate the disease worldwide.
The ‘Pedaling for Polio’ event happened at McCrea Point Park on Saturday. Hosted by three local Rotary Clubs, it’s main mission was to raise awareness and funds to ultimately destroy Polio worldwide.
The Jamestown scene saw just under ten riders cycling for many miles in the October cold. One of the riders included Kevin Sixbey, president of the Jamestown Rotary club, who wants to see Polio gone.
Sixbey says World Polio Day, which was Sunday, has helped raise awareness, and funding, to bring an end to the disease, an illness Sixbey says is almost gone from the world.
“We’re nearly there, we’ve been talking for a few years, we’re this close and unfortunately the two countries where Polio is still an issue are areas where there is a lot of socio-political issues. It will take time,” stated Sixbey
The collective goal of the district is to raise $60,000 to end the disease.
This event was brought to be by the combined efforts of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, the Greater Jamestown AM Rotary Club, and the Falconer Rotary Club. The groups have similar events planned to do in the future.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel recently announced his office is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.