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04 Dec 2008
Harshad Mehta Donates US$ 3.5 mn for Global Polio Eradication

Harshad Mehta with Bill Gates

Leading Palanpuri diamantaire, Harshad R. Mehta, a director of the Rosy Blue Group, has pledged an additional US$ 1.5 million to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its polio eradication project during a recent meeting that Bill Gates had with Indian Rotarian business leaders. The event, which took place in New Delhi, was hosted by the India PolioPlus Committee and Rajashree Birla, a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch C. Klumph Society.

Mr. Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Bombay Metropolitan, had already committed to giving US$ 2 million for this cause last December. The donations are part of Rotary's US$ 100 Million Challenge campaign.

"On being advised that additional funds would be required for polio eradication and seeing the commitment and resolve of the Gates family, I was duly enthused to increase my commitment," Mr. Mehta said. "It is a good investment in the future of the children of the world. I would appeal to all Rotarians and like-minded friends to improve on their commitment and support of The Rotary Foundation's effort for polio eradication."


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