Roger Frank of the Upper Eden club has been awarded the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World for 2017-2018 in recognition of his contribution to polio eradication.

Upper Eden Rotarian to receive Prestigous Award

Roger Frank of the Upper Eden club has been awarded the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World for 2017-2018 in recognition of his contribution to polio eradication.  A past president, Roger has been an active and committed Rotarian since 1994. 

Iron LungHe’s always been a keen and effective advocate within the club and the district for the polio eradication programme and following a trip to Ghana on a polio vaccination program in 2015, Roger concluded that an exhibition display of an Iron Lung would demonstrate the worst extremes of the disease and significantly raise the profile of the polio eradication programme.

Having scoured the country Roger was unable to find an original iron lung other than in a museum. Undeterred he, an engineer, set about building a working replica based on research, photographs and measurements. After over 700 hours of work the Iron Lung, complete with its stunning, purpose-built (also by Roger), all-weather exhibition trailer were completed a year later in May 2016. It’s a working full size replica complete with audio-visual display.

Since completion the Iron Lung has travelled the length and breadth of the country… some 4000 miles and more. Enlisting the support of fellow Rotary members, Roger has displayed it and talked about polio eradication at national Rotary events, Rotakids conferences and other Rotary Clubs as well as at agricultural shows, schools and youth group meetings.

The Iron Lung Display is a credit to Roger. It reflects well upon our local clubs and the wider Rotary movement. To all that see it, it clearly and impressively brings home the misery of polio and the value of the eradication programme. Whilst all funds raised during the lung’s travels go to the polio eradication programme, and these are not insignificant, it is the awareness raising it creates which is its unique and extraordinary value.

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