Polio Supper & Quiz

Thanks to all who joined us for a Buffet Supper and Quiz at The Mitre on Saturdary 23rd February to mark World Polio day. £500 was raised which thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will be tripled to £1,500.

Crocuses at Knaresborough House


Since 1985 Rotary has been working with the World Health Organisation and other agencies to eradicate the crippling disease which is now isolated to two countries Afghanistan and Pakistan with Nigeria expected to be declared Polio free in August. The UK was declared Polio free in 1982 and there are still many British citizens alive who suffered from Polio in infancy. Amongst the survivors of childhood Polio is TV celebrity Mary Berry, of ‘Bake-off’ fame, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

So far this year, up to 20th February there have been only 6 cases of Polio worldwide, 2 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. In December 2018 39.8 million children were vaccinated in Pakistan, with Rotarians travelling from around the world to assist with the programme. Since 2014 the number of cases in Pakistan has been reduced by 96%.

The early spring has brought out the displays of Purple Crocuses, many planted by Knaresborough Rotarians in school grounds as part of their work in educating children about Polio. How does that work you ask? Well the purple crocuses are a reminder of the purple dye used to mark the left little finger, the ‘purple pinkie’, of children given the Polio vaccine by the global immunisation teams. In Knaresborough look to the left of Knaresborough House to see the bank of crocuses in our photograph.