Rotary District for Bucks, Beds and Herts governor Chalmers Cursley is pictured presenting Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds president Roger King with a Rotary Serving Humanity banner as he launched the Purple4Polio campaign. The club have a series of events lined over the weekend of October 21-24 including purple crocus planting and an iron lung on display in Friars Square.
Roger said: “Eradicating polio has been Rotary’s main humanitarian focus for over 30 years. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. Recent outbreaks in Nigeria show that the disease has not been beaten yet.”
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
The campaign ties in with the 100-year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.