Flight To End Polio

All the way around the world in a single engine aircraft to raise funds for polio eradication! Only 270 people living today have accomplished this risky feat!

While polio has been eradicated in the US, it still exists! No child anywhere is safe until every child has been vaccinated.

Pilots Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are raising awareness for polio eradication with this flight, taking off from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5, 2023 in a Cessna T210M (single engine) airplane. Along the way, they will encourage support of ending polio forever throughout the world.

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The Gates Foundation will match every dollar you donate 2:1. So if you donate $1, that turns into $3. Donate here on GoFundMe, or at flighttoendpolio.com (online donation or mailed donation options available). Your contribution will be donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Program via the Rotary 6000 HEF.

The pilots, Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are covering the entire cost of the flight as well as taking time away from their careers and lives to help end polio. Both Peter and John are pilots, active Rotary members, and members of the Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. Visit our website for the full story and a flight map.

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By the way, if you're a Rotary Member and desire to have your GoFundMe donation applied toward your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, please email us at [email redacted].

Here's our flight plan as of 2/28/23. Check our website for updates.


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Peter Teahen
Cedar Rapids, IA
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