Our Chair, Mukesh Malhotra, received the ‘International Service Award for a Polio-Free World for 2023-2024’ from Rotary International.

Rotary International said, “Due to his contributions in helping Rotary to eliminate polio, our award committee has decided to award Mukesh Malhotra with the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World for 2023-2024 in recognition of his contribution to polio eradication throughout the world.

Rotary International wholeheartedly appreciate the contributions of the nominee. The efforts has helped ensure that Rotary will achieve its goal of polio eradication.”

Below is an extract from one of Mueskh’s Rotary colleagues, and nominator, which explains why he was recognised:

“I would like to nominate Mukesh Malhotra for the SERVICE AWARD FOR A POLIO- FREE WORLD. Mukesh was a co-founder of The Greatest Meal To Help End Polio (WGMeal). This is such an amazing initiative that has had such an impact in the campaign to eradicate polio. Including:

1. 5,926 WGMeal events registered across 82 countries, creating a global network of support and solidarity in the fight against polio.

2. Engaging more than 395,041 participants worldwide fostering a sense of community, shared purpose, and collective responsibility.

3. Securing USD $3,601,167 directly. A testament to the effectiveness, transparency, and global trustworthiness of the initiative.

4. Raising a total of USD $10,801,503 with matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amplifying the impact and reach of the initiative.

5. Providing enough funds to buy more than 18,005,839 polio vaccines, translating into actual, life-saving results and bringing hope to countless families and communities.

6. To date the figure has reached over 20 million children receiving Polio vaccinations and this has helped in contributing to Polio being endemic in only two countries in the world. These are Afghanistan & Pakistan.

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Mukesh has also been involved in the Roll out the Barrel project. This initiative helps to provide clean water, again something that is vital in the eradication of polio.

Mukesh has also done so much else for Rotary International including setting up a group to get items to people in need during Covid. He is also a trustee of many other charities and is the Chair of Thamesbank Credit Union.

He really deserves a Rotary award as he truly puts service above self. He has served through rotary for many years. ”

At Thamesbank Credit Union, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Mukesh for receiving this prestigious award.