Rotary still saving lives around the world

 Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford administered oral polio vaccines to children in India during World Immunization Day.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Bill Crawford of Port St. Joe, a Rotarian of 39 years, has done a lot of great things with his life.

He’s been to Peru six times to build houses for the needy and visited Costa Rica where he delivered and built wheelchairs for handicapped children.

Last month, at 81 years of age, his latest adventure took him to Chandigarh, India where he and a group of Rotary International members administered polio vaccines to thousands of children.

The former district governor of Rotary District 6940 and former owner of the Gulf Sands Motel, Crawford jumped at the chance to be part of the process.

“If I can make a difference in their life, it will make a difference in mine,” he said.

Though no cases of polio have been reported in the area since January 2011, Crawford and company took the trip with the goal of having India be declared polio-free by January 2014.

In some countries, polio is still a widespread and crippling disease and Rotary International has been involved with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988 and is teamed with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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