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Rotary Club of Wigton urges Wigton to go Purple4Polio for a polio-free world

The Rotary Club of Wigton is helping to rid the world of polio by supporting the nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio.

The campaign, which was launched by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is being supported by legendary singer-songwriter Donovan and TV Presenter Konnie Huq, to encourage everyone to join together in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide.

Throughout the next few months the Rotary Club of Wigton aim raise awareness of the deadly disease, which is on the brink of eradication.

There have been promising steps, with just 18 cases of polio recorded this year. To make a polio free world a reality, Rotary, who started the campaign to eradicate polio more than 30 years ago and has spearheaded this major health initiative ever since, is determined to raise awareness and funds to finish off the job. 

As part of the campaign, the Rotary Club of Wigton will be teaming with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom community groups to transform public spaces and brighten up the local community by planting purple crocus corms across Wigton and the surrounding area.

The colour purple has been chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days when literally millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease.

Donovan is supporting this campaign because he contracted polio himself at a young age. Konnie Huq, travelled to India to take part administering immunisations against the crippling disease in 2009 and has seen first hand its devastating consequences.

For more than 30 years, Rotarians have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just 2, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary’s latest campaignis designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of what the world is hoping will be the final efforts to eradicate polio forever.

The campaign importantly ties in with the 100th 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 thousands of other humanitarian projects both locally in Great Britain and Ireland, and internationally.

President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Eve Conway says: “The world stands on the brink of an historic milestone and we must focus our efforts on the final push to eradicate this disease to ensure a polio-free world. We are now so close to finishing the job with only two remaining countries where polio is still endemic, Pakistan and Afghanistan. That is why the Purple4Polio campaign is so important to raise awareness and funds. Let’s join together to make history and End Polio Now and Forever.”

For more information visit www.rotarygbi.organd see the Purple4Polio information.

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