Amelia Island’s two Rotary clubs seized an opportunity to make a special presentation to world famous violinist Itzhak Perlman following his recent performance sponsored by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Before more than 900 guests, the presidents of the clubs, Stan Fishburn of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and Pamela Crouser of the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, joined Perlman on stage and gave a short presentation about the significance of recognizng Perlman as an honorary member of both clubs.
Perlman has been a powerful advocate in the movement to eradicate polio. He contracted polio at age four and through years made a successful recovery learning to walk with crutches. Perlman serves as an international Polio Ambassador, performing benefit concerts to raise funds, and writes articles to inform and educate the public.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program as an initiative to tackle polio eradication worldwide through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion dollars and countless volunteer hours to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion dollars to the effort.