The Project is COMPLETE.  See below for the total going to PolioPlus.

Rotarian Hans Wiesner, a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East (Alberta, Canada) walked The Via de la Plata, a 1007 kilometer (626 miles) pilgrim's trail in Spain that is part of the Camino de Santiago. The Walk to Beat Polio started in Seville near the Mediterranean Sea and ended in Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain.

The Purpose

All the funds that have been raised will go to assist in matching the $100 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Rotary International's PolioPlus mission to eradicate polio worldwide


The Via de la Plata Walk to Beat Polio began Monday October 6, 2008 and ended on Sunday,November 9, 2008. The route passed through large cities (Zafra, Merida, Caceres, Salamanca, Zamora and Ourense) and a myriad of small towns, villages and hamlets.

The 2008 Via de la Plata

POLIOPLUS TOTAL RAISED as of December 30 2008 :


1007 km completed

1,248,000 steps

Click on The End for, well, the end.

Anecdotes were updated November 10th.

Hans is shown at left next to his final destination, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.


Updates in several areas were made Nov 10, like:  anecdotes,  congratulations,   comments and a Thank You from Hans.  Photos were added Nov 12 and Nov 16.

Pledged to Date

As of December 30, 2008 a grand total of $54,157  has been raised!!!  Of that total most has already been submitted to The Rotary Foundation Canada. That's just remarkable.  Thank you to everyone in the District for the tremendous support you have shown, and also to the Friends of Rotary - those of you who aren't Rotarians but who contributed anyway.  You're the greatest. 

It's never too late to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus program.  Fill out a pledge. All contibutions are eligible for Paul Harris Recognition. All donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from The  Rotary Foundation.  

In 2007, Hans walked the Camino Frances from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains to Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Spain, a distance of 866 kilometers (538 miles) over 29 days. You can read his journal with photographs at his blog

 How Far is It?

New York to Detroit is 987 kilometres (613 miles)

Atlanta to Miami is 1065 kilometres (662 miles)

Calgary to Vancouver is 972  kilometres (604 miles)

Seville to Santiago de Compostela 1007 kilometres (626 miles)


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