May 13, 2013

Rotary Club holds Pedal for Polio on Rec Trail

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — For the second consecutive year, Oskaloosa Rotary Club hosted a Pedal for Polio event.

The bike ride along the Recreation Trail was a fund-raiser, which contributed to efforts to eliminate polio worldwide. The ride began at the trail head, located on the west side of Oskaloosa. The trail head project, spearheaded by Oskaloosa Rotary Club, includes a gazebo, bike rack and benches.

Mahaska County Recreation Foundation also offered tram tours of the trail Saturday, starting at the trail head.

Doug Mills, Oskaloosa Rotary president, rode his recumbent trike in the fund-raiser.

“Obviously, we love this trail head,” said Mills Saturday morning. “We put a lot into it.”

But, the ride wasn’t about the trail head. It was about raising funds to eradicate polio worldwide. Mills said there are only a few countries where polio is still present.

He said that a few years ago, it was almost completely eradicated. However, for political reasons, Rotary’s efforts to take care of polio in certain areas of the world wasn’t possible, he added.

Mills said many celebrities, as well as Bill Gates, have gotten on board with trying to eliminate polio worldwide.

Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.