Post Polio Victoria – Lives Well Lived Film

Three polio survivors are featured in a film that was chosen as a finalist for an international film competition run by Focus on Ability.

Movie Screening – Fly from Everest
Waurn Ponds, Victoria

The Rotary Club of Geelong East is presenting this event.

‘Fly From Everest’ – The incredible true story of Rotarian Ken Hutt’s attempt to become the first person to legally fly a paraglider from Mt Everest, and help the campaign to End Polio Now. If you think you know how this ends, be prepared for a twist. A film by Joe Carter. Runs 1 hr 33 mins.
Featuring Ken Hutt, Gary Newton, Marcus Loane & the people of Nepal.

A celebration of how far we’ve come and how far we’re willing to go to keep our promise to the children of the world. All proceeds to the Rotary Foundation.

WHEN: Thursday, 12th October 2023

TIME: 6:00pm – 8:40pm (UTC+10)

WHERE: Reading Cinema – Waurn Ponds
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre
Waurn Ponds Vic 3216



2023 World Polio Day Cocktail Party
Hobart, Tasmania

Rotary International world wide campaign to promote
and raise awareness of End Polio. Raise funds for
End Polio Now campaign All funds raised will be
matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation.


WHEN: Tuesday, 24th October

TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (TAS time*)

WHERE: The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Marieville Esplanade
Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005

Gary Newton, Polio Survivor

Dr Murray Verso, End Polio Coordinator
Rotary International Zone 8


Perth Rotary World Polio Day Dinner Event 2023
Surviving Polio and the Khmer Rouge

In April 1975, a 14-year-old Cambodian girl had only just learned to walk, having contracted polio as an infant. She became part of the forced evacuation of the entire population from the city of Phnom Penh. Her father had 24 children and three wives. Within days, the family was scattered. For much of the next four years, Addheka was alone, surviving unusual hardship and witnessing the fanatical, irrational, murderous reality of the Khmer Rouge regime.

When it all miraculously ended, Addheka returned to Phnom Penh to seek out surviving family members. With a positive attitude, she became part of the reconstruction effort of the city working in a major hospital, before becoming a language teacher and Principal soon after. Today, Addheka runs the Aid Projects of Mercy for the very poorest of children in Cambodia. Bookings close 22-Oct @ 5pm.

WHEN: Tuesday, 24th October

TIME: 6:30pm – 9:30pm (UTC+08)

WHERE: Parmelia Hilton
14 Mill Street, Perth WA 6000



Polio Network Victoria – Polio Day 2023 – Stayin’ Alive Event

A one day event providing opportunity for Polio survivors, family and carers to join in a day for information sharing and social gathering.

WHEN: Wednesday, 25th October

TIME: 10:30am – 3:00pm (UTC+10)

WHERE: Sanctuary Inn on Westernport
126 Marine Parade
Hastings Victoria 3915

Paul Mercurio, MP, Hastings
Natasha Layton, PhD, Occupational Therapist
Dion Abel, Assistant Director, Department of Health and Aged Care (South East Regional Team)
Fran Henke, M.C.
Dawn Baudinette, Polio Survivor
Ryan Smith
Bronwyn Roberts


More events coming soon.