KPOA football arrives in Montreal …

Annie Chan is seen below with International PolioPlus Chair Bob Scott at the Palais des Congres, in Montreal, ahead of the launch of the 2010 Rotary International Convention where she handed over the footballs.  Also present was Ayoub Ayoub, the coordinator for the ball’s last stop in Africa – Alexandria, Egypt. A reporter and photographer from the Montreal Gazette were present.

The following is an extract from the Montreal Gazette of June 20 : “Annie Chan unrolls a sheet of bubble wrap to uncover a worn soccer ball whose white spots are covered in black ink. A closer look reveals messages and signatures from African leaders and health officials dedicated to raising awareness about the ongoing outbreaks on the continent of polio, a disease that was eradicated from industrialized nations decades ago.
The ball is part of Rotary International’s Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign and arrived in Montreal in time for the organization’s annual convention. More than 17,000 members from at least 150 countries are attending events at the Palais des congres and the Bell Centre until Wednesday.
Polio survivor Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was the first person to sign the ball in South Africa, which is now considered polio-free by the World Health Organization. After a four-month journey through 22 polio-affected countries, it was delivered to Chan’s office in downtown Montreal on Wednesday. Chan, president of the Rotary Club du Vieux Montreal, was chosen to be the guardian of the ball after her club raised more than $10,000 in the fight against polio this spring and the DHL messengers who delivered it emphasized that she was responsible for keeping it safe.”

The KPOA ball will be presented at the Convention to Rotary President John Kenny on Monday, 21 June in a plenary session at Centre Bell.

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