Video interview: Richard Maus on polio eradication

February 8, 2008

Richard Maus Lucky One (book cover)I interviewed Northfield Rotary Club member Richard Maus this week. Richard is the author of Lucky One: Making it Past Polio and Despair and has been involved in our club’s polio eradication activities since he joined.

The Gates Foundation recently awarded the Rotary Foundation a challenge grant of $100 million to eradicate polio (see the press release) and clubs throughout the world are now involved in fundraising efforts to meet the challenge grant.

District 5960 sent a polio team to Africa a few years ago (see this 2004 press release) that included club members Charlie Cogan, Rick Estenson, Jim Pokorney, and Brett Reese. See the District’s PolioPlus Partners Goal for 07-08.

The video is 20 minutes long. Click play to watch. Option: drag the slider to these segments:

  • Richard’s arrival in Northfield: 0-4:40
  • His polio story: 4:40-9:45
  • Rotary and the polio eradication effort: 9:45-20:00