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The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children - wherever they live - remain at risk.
—Rotary International Website

The Swim To End Polio Blog

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NAME OF SWIMMER:          Thie Convery 

Ramesh Ferris shares his message for a Polio-free world, and he shares his support for Thie's Swim To End Polio!


Rotarian and Polio Survivor Ramesh Ferris hand cycled 7110 km across Canada in 2008 in an event known as Cycle to Walk. 

Cycle to Walk aims to raise funds and awareness to forward the global eradication of polio, to educate about the continuing need for immunization against polio and to support the rehabilitation of polio survivors in poor countries.

Marilyn Bell Park: Seeing The Finish Line


A few weeks ago Thie headed to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto, Ontario in order to get a view of her finish line. After a brief swim she found the Marilyn Bell Park dedication plaque.

What exactly does a Lake Ontario swim crossing entail?


Thie will be swimming Lake Ontario beginning at Niagara-on-the-Lake and completing her swim at Marilyn Bell Park (~52 km) in Toronto.

Eradicating polio one child at a time; in her mind’s eye Thie sees children whose names she does not know


When asked what keeps a marathon swimmer going, Thie Convery talks about the children. The goal of polio eradication truly is a ‘one child at a time’ process. While swimming countless strokes and spending many hours in the (often) cold water, Thie envisions the children receiving the drops of the polio vaccine into their mouths, forever ensuring that they will not succumb to the Polio virus. Fellow Rotarians have forwarded Thie photos of Polio victims that have been taken on National Immunization Days and those images (and others found at are powerful reminders, and offer great motivation for Thie as she trains to cross Lake Ontario this summer ... END POLIO NOW!

Welcome To Our Brand New Blog


We're gathering the content for the blog and getting it ready to put up live. We look to be doing this in the next few days, and then after our plan is to update this section regularly.