The Cause

"I deeply believe that when I die I want to have made a substantial difference to the world. I have dreams to give away a lot more money than what I do now, so I have come up with an idea that will make me the catalyst to hopefully raising many millions of dollars." Robert Pennicott


Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign

Polio is a potentially crippling disease that infects mainly children, affecting the brain and spine causing permanent paralysis or even death.

For over 25 years, Rotary International has worked tirelessly to wipe Polio from the face of the earth. Rotarians across the world have delivered vaccinations to more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. Polio cases worldwide have plummetted 99%. At the start of the campaign Polio infected 350,000 children each year. 25 years later this has dropped to just 1,700.

With only 4 countries in the world with widespread cases (Nigeria, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan), we are now on the brink of totally eradicating the disease. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged $355 million if Rotary can raise $200 million by 30 June 2012.

"If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio."
Bill Gates

So far Rotary has put in a incredible effort, raising $161 million.
They need a further $39 million to achieve the goal.

With just 4 countries to go, we can't stop now. While polio still infects even one child in any part of the world, children everywhere remain at risk. We need to seize this opportunity to End Polio Now.

Every cent raised from the Follow the Yellow Boat Road campaign goes towards outcomes. 92% of donations will be contributed to Rotary’s Polio Plus fund. The remaining 8% will be contributed to the Pennicott Foundation for important conservation projects.


The Pennicott Foundation

This fund was established in May 2011 as an outlet for Robert to continue his strong commitment to environmental conservation. He already donates a substantial portion of his business profits towards philanthropy, the environment and coastal conservation. In 2007 he established the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund in partnership with Wildcare. He has so far donated $100,000 to this fund.

His largest successfully completed project has been the restoration of the delicate ecosystem on Tasman Island, funded by the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund. This $250,000 project included the total eradication of feral cats responsible for decimating the island’s wildlife. These cats were the descendants of pets brought onto the island by lighthouse keepers, estimated to be killing over 50,000 seabirds each year.

Through this new fund, Robert will contribute to his own nature conservation projects well into the future.

Click here to visit the Pennicott Foundation website.