Our Rotary Connection

Tony South PBF Business Development Corporate Manager Toowoomba Rotary

Rotary is the largest not-for-profit in the world and the extraordinary work they have undertaken over the past three decades includes the eradication of Polio.  Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary have enabled the immunization of third world citizens, in particular children.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) recently estimated over 10 million cases of Polio have been averted in the last 20 years, thanks to the global immunization campaign.  For the first time in history the eradication of Polio is in sight, with Polio only occurring in three countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria & Pakistan) and just a few hundred cases remaining in the world.

The similarity with Polio and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is reduced mobility.

The Paraplegic Benefit Fund is an Australian not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of spinal cord injury.  To promote community awareness, encourage and advance the support to those involved in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of people who suffer permanent paralysis.

PBF Australia and Rotary have been partnering for over 18 years, with 26 Rotary Clubs being current members of PBF Australia. Toowoomba Garden City Rotary Club have been members of PBF Australia since November 2004.

Meeting the needs of people living with a SCI is not an easy task. The more Corporate Members PBF Australia can gain, lessens the financial burden on a person who has incurred a Spinal Cord Injury. Ultimately the biggest saving is the humanitarian one.

Rotarians are passionate about making a difference. As PBF Corporate Members they are ensuring that should a Rotary Club member (and in some cases family member) incur a traumatic spinal cord injury resulting in permanent quadriplegia or paraplegia, that member will be helped financially with a benefit of $250,000 from PBF Australia. In additional, all profits from PBF Corporate Memberships go back into investing in our mission.

The Toowoomba Garden City Rotary Club recently asked Tony South to be their guest speaker.  PBF Australia would like to acknowledge the Rotary Clubs of Australia and their valuable financial contribution in assisting PBF Australia to reduce the incidence and impact of spinal cord injury, as well as the outstanding progress that PBF Australia is making as a result of their ongoing support.

For more information on Corporate Membership please click here. .

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