— The trip of a lifetime for Nottingham resident Joe Pratt culminated at the summit of Mt. Everest in Katmandu, Nepal. Pratt, a Raymond Rotarian and Past District Governor of Rotary International, set out to climb the world’s tallest peak with a mission: End Polio Now.
Joe, a pilot with Delta Airlines and an avid ice climber, went to Pakistan last October to participate in the National Immunization Days for polio eradication. That trip also included his wife Lori and fellow Rotarian Steve and Deb Puderbaugh, owners of the Raymond Animal Hospital. While working with the children in Pakistan, the plan was made to turn his anticipated climb of Mount Everest into a fundraiser to aid polio eradication from the world. So far, the Climbing Everest to End Polio effort has raised close to $10,000.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. Polio (poliomyelitis) still strikes children mainly under the age of five. There are still four endemic countries where polio flourishes. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease.
The Raymond Area Rotary Club serves the towns of Raymond, Nottingham, Fremont, Epping, Deerfield, and Candia. Anyone in the area interested in serving their local community please are welcome to join them. They meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Ray-Fre Senior Center in downtown Raymond. More information and donation forms can be found at www.raymondarearotary.org.