Foundation and End Polio Now


Rotary End Polio NOW Campaign

Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. 

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

In order to allow a lasting peace it is first necessary to alleviate hunger, poverty and disease in strife-torn countries, then educating by the children. Rotarians try to do this step by step to make a lasting difference.

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End Polio Now Campaign 

End Polio Now Campaign  Crocus


Rotary spearheaded the End Polio Now campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 new polio cases a day in 125 countries. paralysing and even killing many children. Today the number of cases is down by 99.9%

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated over US$1.8billion to the eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes.

Inspired in part by Rotary's volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988. This remarkable partnership which includes Rotary, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and, more recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (who promise to double all funds raised by Rotary)

Polio Vaccination 


Despite there only being a handful of cases left in the world, continued campaigning, health worker training and vaccination programmes are essential to stop the disease returning and to ensure the world is certified polio-free. Rotary members continue to be key players in many aspects of the polio programme including on the ground in a number of countries as well as fundraising and advocacy.

Failure to eradicate polio could result in as many as 200,000 new cases worldwide every year within a decade.

The purple crocus has become a symbol of the End Polio Now Campaign, representing the purple dye on the little fingers of the children who have been immunised in countries where paper records are difficult to maintain.

Purple Crocus at Rosemoor, Torrington Feb 2019


Bideford Rotary Club try and fundraise every February for "End Polio Now" as it would be such a fantastic legacy to leave the world permanently Polio free... and we are SO close!

In just one week in February 2019 members of our club hosted several meals as part of the 'Fill Your Plate for Polio' campaign. Rotarians laid on a meal and asked their guests to donate to End Polio Now. President Morris and Jacqui Poole hosted a dinner on Monday; Jacquie Willoughby hosted Rotary Lunch on Thursday; Jill Eddie hosted a dinner on Friday; Sharon Snell hosted a tea on Saturday and Ian Atkinson hosted a Sunday lunch. OVER £1000 was raised! This will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - welldone everyone!

In September 2019 we gave each of the Primary Schools in our area a bag of crocus corms and on Wednesday 16th October club members planted 3000 corms on Heywood Roundabout. The picture right is of our lovely treasurer, Martin Chance, who popped out of the office for an hour and donned wellies and gardening gloves over the suit!

Excitedly waiting untill February 2020 to see how many crocus pop up, if members of the club can spell and how many cars slow down to try and read the message!


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