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March 13, 2014

Taking the plunge to fight polio

Don Gottfried and Mark Spencer from the Rotary Club of Andover plunged into the Atlantic with 200 other “crazy” Rotarians from District 7930 last month in an icy gesture staged from a Gloucester beach to raise funds to eradicate polio across the globe.

The fourth annual Polar Plunge for Polio eradication received almost $76,000 in pledges toward the district’s annual goal of raising $100,000 for the cause.

With a 2-1 matching grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International we will be able to inoculate over 350,000 children from the disease with the money raised.

“So your entire system doesn’t freeze up, you have to keep thinking of the good cause as you just jump into the water hoping you don’t trip,” Spencer said in a release.

“What helped me was knowing I was there with at least 200 other really, really, really freezing, fun-loving and dedicated people to a great cause who had no fear” added Gottfried.

The Rotary Club of Andover is a civic group of men and women who aim to do good for the Merrimack Valley and at the same time have a lot of fun contributing to the local and international communities. The club meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St. For more on the club, visit www.rotaryandover.org. Contributions to support the End Polio Cause cause can continue to be made on the club’s website as well.

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