End Polio Now

Rotary International 'End Polio Now'campaign

The Rotary Clubs throughout the world are raising the money to
completely eradicate Poli

This is an ongoing programme and we now need an effort to
eliminate the last few pockets of the disease.
Inevitably the last few areas are difficult to access, both territorially and politically.

The Rotary Club of St Ives held a collection to raise money for the 'End Polio Now' campaign at Tesco's St Ives over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
This campaign to eliminate the scourge of polio from the planet by immunisation has been spearheaded by Rotary over the past 30 years in conjunction with the World Health Authority & more recently supported by the Bill Gates Foundation. Since its inception, the number of cases of polio worldwide has fallen from millions per year with many resulting deaths as well as permanent paralysis, to just a few hundred cases in 2013. A final effort is now required for completion of the work. This is of vital importance as this potentially lethal, highly infectious disease could easily reach epidemic  proportions again & even return to our shores. Remember those horrific photographs of children's wards in the UK filled with young polio victims in the 1940's & 1950's on 'iron lung' machines supporting their paralysed breathing muscles?
One lady who generously donated to this collection at the weekend recalled her father dying in one of these epidemic's, leaving her & her sister orphans & her mother a widow.
The collection was well supported & a total of £565.12 was raised. The Rotary Club of St Ives always welcomes new members. Please contact President Vic Wallis, TEL: 01736 448927, email vicwallis@talktalk.net
Pictured are left & right Rotarians Peter McNeil & Richard Machell & in the centre Rotarian & Councillor Linda Taylor. 







On the grass verges of the approach road to St. Ives, The St. Ives Rotary Club have planted hundreds of crocuses in the grass.
This makes a cheerful entrance into the town in the spring and helps to publisize our efforts to help END POLIO NOW.










At the 2013 Rotary District Conferance, some youngsters from the local 'Youth Speaks' competition made a fantastic speech about 'END POLIO NOW'.
Use this link to see a video of the speech.
The first speaker is Vala Salah from Moumt Street School, Plymouth
(Salah only left Kazakhstan, 3 years ago!)
The second speaker is Molly Clemens from Crowan School, near Camborne.
The third speaker is Eva Edgeworth-Anderson from Humphry Davy School, Penzance.
The quality of the speakers is outstanding!


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President Joan presents a cheque to Carmen Thomas, treasurer, St Michael's Hospice


The Public Access Defibrillator is one of 2 units funded by The Rotary Club of St. Ives and installed outside The Lifeboat Inn on The Wharf and at the Travel Office at St. Ives Railway Station


Rotary International 'End Polio Now'campaign


A project, jointly with other local Rotary Clubs and Schools, to provide clean water and sanitation to some villages in Uganda.

Recently Joan Symons, President of St Ives Rotary Club, attended a school assembly at Nancledra Academy where she was delighted to meet the Year 6 Pupils and present each of them with a copy of the  Dictionary 4 Life.

Rotary Club of St. Ives support the Dictionaries 4 Life project.

Girl transporting water

Barrels purchased for the 'Roll Out The Barrel' project

Collection at Teso St Ives

St. Ives Rotary response to the earthquake

The Two Clubs 2012

Twin Club St Brieuc


Young Chef competition 2018

The PAD installed outside The Rail Office of  the St Ives Travel  Agency. (Photos: John Culver)



An exciting new project as Rotary Club of St. Ives and Leach Pottery join forces to raise Travel Bursary funds


Rotary club of St Ives held the Annual St Ives Infant School BBQ raising £250 for the school


Rotarians gathered at Tregenna Castle to celebrate the Annual President's Night Dinner.


The Team once again provide quality food on The Wharf on Lifeboat Day, raising money for Charity


Rotary Club of St Ives supports National and International causes and is proud of its continuing support to the community of St Ives.

Winner Kitty Thornton  receives her Certificate of Participation

Rotary Club of St Ives Young Writer competition 2018