Rotary Pledges $97 Million at Global Citizen Live for Sustainable Projects
In Paris on September 25th, R.I. President-elect Jennifer Jones took the stage at the Global Citizen Live concert to pledge grant funding for sustainable, Rotary club-led projects. She said, “[E]very day, members of Rotary and Global Citizen start our days knowing that we can make a difference. This year we’re putting a special focus on empowering girls worldwide, opening doors for young women to build brighter futures. We stand together with Global Citizen as people of purpose, people of action.”
Rotary has worked with Global Citizen for a more than decade, primarily regarding the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. This year’s 24-hour Global Citizen Live events and performances across six continents, aimed to unite people to take action to defend the planet, end the COVID-19 pandemic, defeat poverty, provide education for all children, and promote equity and justice for all.
Just before Neil Young took the stage, the End Polio Now message was driven home by actress Archie Panjabi, a Rotary “This Close” campaign celebrity; Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari; Ramesh Ferris, a Canadian Rotarian and polio survivor; and John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary and CEO. Watch the full 9 minute and 35 second video of Rotary’s presentation at: https://vimeo.com/50860435.