Jersey Rotary is celebrating the success of the Polio-Plus Campaign that has reduced cases of this dreadful disease from 350,000 in 1986 to just 21 cases this year. In spite of the recent setback of 2 cases in Nigeria, the World Health Organisation is confident of the total global eradication of Polio within 12 months, one of the greatest achievements of humanitarian endeavour.
Rotary is organising a special dinner on Wednesday 21st. September in recognition of the generous support of the people and institutions of Jersey in raising over £150,000 for Polio-Plus since campaigning started in 1987. Guest speaker Judith Diment is a dynamic advocate of polio eradication with regular contact with heads of state and leaders of global organisations.
Purple4Polio is the new campaign theme, as purple is the colour used to identify children that have been treated in mass immunisation programmes across the world. So schools and parishes will be encouraged to plant crocus corms to create a sea of purple each springtime across the island as a reminder that a disease once prevalent and feared in Jersey has finally been eradicated.
For more information about the Purple4Polio Dinner, to which you are warmly invited, click here.
You can download an information leaflet by clicking on the photo below.
Earlier news in this campaign:
more A fund raising flag day to raise funds to EndPolioNow
more A momentous day in the eradication of Polio world-wide
more Our friends at Chandigarh Rotary Club celebrate years of hard work.
more Planting Crocus at Durrell to promote Polio Eradication when they bloom.
more The 30 year battle to End Polio world wide. (4 pages below this)
more Reports on the current number of cases reported in the year to date.