Supporting the International Community - Thanks For Life - End Polio Now

'Thanks for Life', is a project involving the clubs and members of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI), aimed at helping to eradicate polio throughout the world.


Welcome to 'Thanks for Life', a project involving the clubs and members of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (Rotary GB&I), aimed at helping to eradicate polio throughout the world.

This page will tell you about the world-wide work of Rotary Clubs and will also give you the opportunity to donate to your local club for the campaign to eradicate Polio.

The objectives of the project are threefold

  1. To create national, regional and local Rotary awareness (press, radio, TV) opportunities by establishing a date (Rotary Day - 23 February) when we can celebrate the outstanding work of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. The target is to raise 1 million by that date.
  2. To raise awareness across Rotary GB&I of the need to promote the "End Polio Now" campaign as the Number One objective of Rotary International.
  3. To create new opportunities to enlist quality new members for Clubs.

The Rotary Club of Wymondham is taking part in the campaign Purple4Polio and has recently planted 5000 crocus bulbs in the town to raise awareness of the End Polio Campaign.

      What is Rotary?

      Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. These are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others.

      Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland

      (Rotary GB&I) has over 55,000 members in 1,840 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.

      Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun!

      Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide.

      Members organise community projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, health, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Rotary clubs determine service projects based on local needs.

      They work for and with young people to address challenges facing the youth of today. Interact and Rotaract are also part of the Rotary family, with a similar club structure specifically for young people aged 14-18 and 18-30 respectively.

      Members are enthusiastically committed to the drive to wipe out polio from the world. Since Rotary became involved in polio eradication in 1985, the number of reported polio cases has fallen from 350,000 a year to 1,000; 125 endemic countries have been reduced to just 4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan; and two billion children have been protected from the disease.

      By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

      In local communities alone, each club raises tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time - supervising community events, running a host of projects aimed at promoting the achievements of young people, coordinating educational programmes, and supporting local businesses.

      Because Rotary is found in more than 200 countries and regions worldwide, we are in the unique position of being able to reach people in need all over the planet, from running life-changing projects in developing countries to making an immediate response to disaster-hit regions. This has been well demonstrated by the recent disaster in Haiti where Rotary Clubs have been actively involved in sending aid and arranging fund raising events. Wymondham Rotary Club has already donated 1500 towards shelter boxes to provide homes for Haitian families.

      In addition, Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which funds the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty throughout the world.

      Find out more.

      You can contact us through the home page. We welcome all enquiries. If you want to consider joining us we should be pleased to meet you and tell you more about us and our activities.


      If you would like to help us with our efforts to eradicate polio please donate by sending your cheque, payable to Rotary Club of Wymondham, to:

      Wymondham RC

      c/o Club Secretary  

      Top Barn, Wymondham Road, Wramplingham, 


      NR18 0RZ 

      Thank you.  

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      more This is a project that the international and Foundation Committee launched in 2019. Updates about the project are contained here.