Dublin Rotary Club make presentation to Mark Pollock Trust

by Gazette Reporter
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Brian George, the past president of the Rotary Club, Dublin presented a cheque for €9,000 to The Mark Pollock Trust to support Mark Pollock’s personal mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Mark Pollock lost his sight in his early twenties, just as he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. Since then he made a decision to take part in a life filled with adventure, which included a 1,000km race in a team of three, to the South Pole, Antarctica.

Mark was the first blind person to ever achieve such a feat.

Some years later, Mark, who was an international rower, had a devastating accident at the Henley Royal Regatta, England, when he fell from a second storey window, breaking his back in two places, which left him paralysed from the waist down.

As he emerged from hospital, in partnership with Simone George, he dedicated his life to finding a cure for paralysis, creating research collaborations in America and Europe.

He started a global fundraising running series – Run In The Dark – which today sees 25,000 people competing annually worldwide. He continues to deliver talks to leaders and their teams about resilience, performance and collaboration.

Rotary is a worldwide service organization for people of all ages who wish to use their personal and professional skills in the service of others.

Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to polio eradication since it launched its Polio Eradication in 1985, going towards fulfilling Rotary’s promise to the children of the world: no child will ever again suffer the devastating effects of polio.

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