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In case you need another reason to eat pizza -- Rotary Clubs of Rochester has one for you.

On Oct. 24, a slice of pizza can do more than have your taste buds dancing in delight. It can also help fund efforts to eradicate polio.

On this year’s World Polio Day, several restaurants have teamed up with the Rotary Clubs of Rochester to raise funds and awareness about this devastating disease and the final push to eradicate polio from the world.

Mention the Pizza for Polio fundraiser at either Toppers Pizza location in Rochester between 4 and 9 p.m., and 20 percent of your order will go to the Rochester Rotary’s campaign. If more than 50 orders mention the fundraiser, that amount will be upped to 20 percent of all sales in that time period.

BB’s Pizzaria and 5 Dollar Pizza each donated $200 to the Rotary fundraiser, and if you live on the north side of town, you can feel good about patronizing those pizza joins too.

"No child anywhere in the world should suffer from the devastating disease of polio," Rochester Rotary member Joanne Rosener wrote. "Only by eradicating polio from every country can we stop the disease from spreading. Increasing public awareness about the disease and raising funds for vaccinating children in the remaining countries where polio still exists is Rotary's goal in the fight to end polio now.”

Polio has no cure. It is a crippling and potentially fatal disease. Children under the age of five are at greatest risk. While polio has been eradicated from the U.S., until it is eradicated from every country, it remains a risk to children.

Currently, polio exists in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. It’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

By getting a slice or a whole pie from three participating Rochester restaurants and mentioning the End Polio Now campaign, you can do your part. (Bill and Melinda Gates are doing theirs, too, by matching the funds raised by Rotary clubs all over the states two to one through The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Those restaurants participating are:

  • Toppers, 4 to 9 p.m. at their southwest location (187 16th Ave. SW Ste 100, Rochester; 507-258-4444) and their southeast location (1217 Marion Rd. SE Ste 700, Rochester; 507-281-4545) with delivery, take-out, and indoor seating.
  • $5 Pizza, 1105 7th St. NW, Rochester; 507-258-5528 via delivery or take-out.
  • BB’s Pizzaria, 3456 East Circle Dr. NE, Rochester; 507-424-3366.

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