Posted on Mar 02, 2020
The 2 hour evening programme features 8 local performers (all volunteers). The music ranges from classical to Cape Breton fiddle. Reception will follow with cash bar. A basket of wine will be raffled ($10 ticket, 3 for $25).
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Sacred Space, Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa
Doors open at 6:30 PM, the programme begins at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25
There are no administrative fees, everything raised goes to this effort. The Government of Canada and the Bill Gates Foundation will match whatever funds we raise. Your $25 ticket becomes $75 towards a better world.
Gourmet treats complements of Riverstone Retirement Lodge, there will be a cash bar. The price of admission is worth it just for the reception.
Available from any Rotary Club of West Ottawa member and also available on Eventbrite (click here).
O Canada – Mary Nahwegahbow – in English, French and Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Overview on Polio – End Polio Now! Pardeep Ahluwalia
Alexis MacIsaac and Calum Mckenzie: Celtic music in Hebridean, Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton styles
Samantha Kigutaq–Metcalfe & Cailyn DeGrandpre: Tarniriik (meaning Two Souls) Inuit throat singing.
Vijay Srivastava, popular Indian, “Bollywood” music.
Nicole Wu, classical piano.
Claudia Salguero, Latin Folk jazz singer
Nitty Gritty Details:
If you have not been to this venue previously, it is recommended that you come through the main entrance off Beechwood Drive.  There is parking adjacent to the building. Mr. Google may try to bring you through the cemetery and this has previously caused a great deal of confusion (and lost souls).
Basket of wines, $10 ticket, 3 for $25
All proceeds from the evening go to international polio eradication. There are no administrative fees, everything raised goes to this effort. The Bill Gates Foundation will match whatever funds we raise.


Polio (poliomyelitis) mainly affects children under 5 years of age (WHO). One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis. Among those paralysed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. Cases due to wild poliovirus have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 cases per year to 33 cases in 2018. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life. Vaccine derived disease can emerge in under immunized populations when Sabin vaccine poliovirus is extensively transmitted person-to-person and reverts to neurovirulence. Our Rotary International efforts must continue. Success will mean that no child will ever again suffer the terrible effects of lifelong polio-paralysis.