Purple Pinkie Days at Dunbar Primary Schools
For nearly thirty years Rotary International has been working to eliminate polio. In 1985 polio was enedemic in 125 countries worldwide. By 2008, through the work of Rotary International with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO and other agencies, polio had been eliminated from all but 4 countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and India.
In February 2012, India has not reported a single new case of polio for over a year!
The "Purple Pinkie" is the worldwide symbol of the END POLIO NOW campaign. When children are vaccinated against the disease they dip their pinkie in purple dye to show that they have received the vaccination.
Between 21st February and 1st March, Members of the Dunbar Rotary Club visited six Primary Schools in the Dunbar area to tell them about Purple Pinkie. During each visit, the children heard a short presentation about polio and Rotary international's campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Then the children dipped their own pinkies in purple paint and put a purple fingerprint on an area of a worldmap which is now polio free.
At the end of the presentation the children got a purple stamp on the back of their hand and a sticker to show they had taken part in the programme.
Well over 1000 children took part in the programme and, through their donations, enough money has been raised to provide vaccinations for nearly 4000 children.
more The annual inter-primary school quiz will be held this evening
more Pupils at Dunbar Primary School planting purple crocus.
more During the week of 20th - 24th February, club members will be visiting local Primary Schools to tell children of the efforts being made by Rotary International to eliminate the disease of polio worldwide.
more Teams from Dunbar Primary, East Linton Primary, Innerwick Primary, West Barns Primary and Belhaven Hill School will compete in the Dunbar Rotary Club Primary schools quiz.
more Local primary schools compete for the Dunbar Rotary Quiz trophy.
more The Rotary Club of Dunbar presented Dunbar mini rugby with a cheque for £200 at a ceremony at a ceremony at Hallhill on 19th August.
more Club Members will be visiting Dunbar and District primary schools to tell them about Rotary's "End Polio Now" campaign.
back Dunbar Rotary organises and supports projects in local primary and secondary schools, and other youth projects where appropriate.