Judy Ongg signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication
Renowned Taiwanese artist based in Japan, Judy Ongg has joined “the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s ‘This Close’ public awareness campaign for polio eradication,” the humanitarian NGO said in a press release.
Ongg, a Taiwan-born actress, singer, author, and woodblock-print artist, “will help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world by raising her thumb and forefinger in the ‘this close’ gesture” in the campaign which bears the tagline, “We're this close to ending polio.” Known for her charitable works, namely for the tsunami victims in Japan, she has participated in fund-raising activities with many international charities.
Ongg’s polio eradication ad debuted this week as Mr Gary Huang, a Taipei businessman, took office as the first Taiwanese president of Rotary International.
The Rotary awareness campaign also features public figures and celebrities, including Bill Gates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Jackie Chan, Manny Pacquiao, Psy, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.
Rotary said that broadcast television commercials feature a mix of celebrities and non-celebrities around the world saying, “We are this close to making history. We are this close to changing the world. We are this close to ending polio—all we need is you.”
Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is “a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,” along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than USD1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort. According to the Rotary’s release, “great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 416 reported cases in 2013. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths.”
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to “tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.” Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas, Macau included.
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