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Raising funds for the Polio Eradication Programme supported by Rotary Int. & The Bill Gates Foundation.

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Education category by Karim Rostami

$12,300 of $15,000 goal

Given by 124 generous donors in around 5 months


I am a survivor of the polio virus, I am a proud NZ Citizen and I wish to raise funds & awareness on behalf of the Rotary International NZ.

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Hi, For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Karim Rostami, I’m from Afghanistan but I am now a proud citizen of New Zealand. I love this amazing country that I now call home.

Let me share a little of my background, I am a survivor of the polio virus. I was affected by it when I was a small toddler and the doctors predicted I would not walk again, I lost all muscle control in my legs and hips leaving me paralysed, but through years of intense muscle therapy, I was taught how to walk again and regain my independence.

in 2014 I took up swimming, soon after a random stranger approached me at the pool asking me why I was pursuing the sport with my obvious disability (not having full use of my lower legs) - I explained my circumstance to him without thinking anything about it. The following week he approached me again, and with true 'kiwi' ingenuity he had designed a' rubber band ‘ (aka bike tyre ) to be tied round the circumference of my lower legs. This invention has proven to be the key to the success of my swimming and fund raising endeavours.

In 2015 I decided to use my swimming and my story to raise money for the Surf Life Saving NZ. This was so successful that my story was picked up by the NZ Herald and The Breakfast Show, we raised $3000 for that incredible organisation.

In 2018, I joined with a group of entrepreneurs to fundraise for the Westpac Rescue Helicoptor, we swam in teams from Waiheke Island to Mechanics Bay, Auckland - 21 km. We raised in total $126,000.00, my contribution was $6050. We had an amazing time and it was a privilege to contribute to this worthy cause.

In March 2019, I again joined the Waiheke to Auckland 21k ocean swim, but this time I did it Solo… I completed in in my record time yet, under 6 hours and collectively we raised $160K, my contribution was $5800 and it all went to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

On the 7th December, 2019, I will be doing the Iron Man 70.3 in Taupo, there will be a 1.9 km swim followed by 90km of biking and finalising the race with 21.1 km of running.

I am partnering with Rotary International to raise funds that will go to support the awareness and eradication of Polio around the world, as a survivor of Polio this is extremely personal to me.

All money raised will be doubled by The Bill Gates Foundation.

I would love for you to join me in this partnership with Rotary International and donate generously.

Karim Rostami's involvement (page creator)

Due to my own personal 'polio' story, I have been speaking and representing the Rotary Club for the past few years.

Latest update

Extending date for any late comers   18 December 2019

Posted by: Karim Rostami

Hi everyone the momentum is high so I have extended the time to the end of Jan 2020.

Thanks so so much to everyone who has supported me in this adventure!

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Latest donations

  • Karim

    Karim on 31 Jan 2020


    Support Jar from The Pt Chev Beach Cafe


  • Milan

    Milan on 17 Jan 2020


    You're an inspirational and amazing person. Big love to you Karim!


  • Jon

    Jon on 16 Jan 2020


    Awesome work Karim, love what you’re doing 👍


  • Rachel

    Rachel on 15 Jan 2020


    Karim you are awesome! Well done, such an achievement & you are such an inspiration. Rach - Dignan St Church xx


  • Gillian

    Gillian on 13 Jan 2020


    You're an inspiration


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Given by 124 generous donors in around 5 months

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