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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:46

Denny Wilford who is a Rotarian, was affected by polio when he was only 9 months old. He became a member of Rotary after learning about the organization’s goal of eradicating polio from the world. In Ethiopia, Danny has been leading an effort to build a therapy facility at Cheshire Homes. Capital’s Eskedar Kifle spoke to him about the project and his experience surviving the disease.

Capital: Tell us about your background and what you do.
Denny Wilford:
I had polio as a child; when I was 9 months old. I went through the same things that the children at Cheshire have to go through; difficult physical conditions, difficult social experiences and I have overcome them through the help of many people.
So when I discovered Rotary had a program to eradicate polio, I wanted to get involved. It is basically a vaccination program. Once I got involved in that, I learned there is a need for rehabilitation as part of polio eradication.
That is what Cheshire does, rehabilitation. I have two focuses concerning polio; the vaccination and, in partnership with Cheshire, the physical rehabilitation. Add a comment

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The biggest joy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:38

Each year, Rotarians from the United States and Canada visit Ethiopia as part of the Polio Plus program. Besides participating in the National Immunization Day, they also visit projects throughout the country. Team leader Ezra Teshome who is Past District Governor for Rotary District 5030 in Seattle, USA, came with 35 Rotarians to help boost the polio eradication efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Health and partners. Capital’s Eskedar Kifle spoke to him about his work as a Rotary member and the Rotarians’ trip this year.

Capital: Tell us about your background.
Ezra Teshome:
I was born in Ethiopia and after finishing 12th grade, I moved to Seattle in the US. I studied at Seattle University and then, after graduation I started working in the insurance business. It was around that time that I joined Rotary. Now I have my own insurance and real estate business in Seattle.
Every year, I bring over a team of Rotarians with me from the US and Canada. And for over a year I served Rotary as a District Governor in Seattle. Add a comment

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