To raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight the crippling disease polio, the Rotary Club of Aiken holds a free pancake breakfast each fall.
Club members sell tickets for the community breakfast at a participating restaurant to residents throughout the community and are supported by student members from the local Interact and Rotoract clubs who help to serve the breakfast with sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, and more.
This fundraiser comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated, after smallpox. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) have shown cases of the wild polio virus. However, a funding gap puts this historic progress at risk.