Oct 13, 2014

FVCC and Rotary Host Lecture on Man's Mount Everest Climb to End Polio

Joe Pratt during his Mount Everest climb
Joe Pratt during his Mount Everest climb

Flathead Valley Community College and area clubs of Rotary International will welcome Rotarian Joe Pratt, of Nottingham, England, to present his “Mount Everest Climb to End Polio” story to the community October 17.


Using music, photos and videos from his trip, Pratt will share the story of his climb on the highest mountain from the north side in 2012. His goal of the climb was to eradicate polio throughout the world forever. While eradicated in the United States, polio still remains a global health crisis. Just days ago, Pakistan declared polio a public health emergency due to cases soaring to over 200 in 2014, the highest rate its seen in over a dozen years.


Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease, which affects primarily children under five. Pratt donates 100 percent of the funds raised at his presentations to this effort. Donations raised are matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for up to $35 million a year through 2018. If fully utilized, the match will represent more than $500 million.


Open to the public, the lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building large community room on the college’s Kalispell campus.  Admission is free.


For more information about the presentation, contact the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 756-3832 or