In 1985 Rotary International took on the challenge of ridding the planet of this killing and maiming disease by 2005, the Centenary of the creation of the Rotary organisation. This proved too tight a schedule, but with the involvement of the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and others the number of cases has fallen from 350,000 in 1988, to 37 cases in 2016.
To prevent this fatal and debilitating disease emerging again the job must be completed. Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who double the contributions raised by Rotary, the end is almost in sight. The fight must go on until the World Health Organisation certify 3 years of a ‘disease free’ planet! Eliminating polio remains Rotary International's top priority. Bill Gates has said that without Rotary the fight against polio would never have been achieved.
The Rotary Club of Taunton has taken part in this battle last year by planting symbolic ‘purple crocuses’ in Vivary Park. The purple crocus has become the emblem of the Polio Eradication Campaign. In remote areas of the world, where literacy is low, a purple dye is used on the small children to indicate that they have received the vaccine.
The Rotary Club of Taunton continues to support the eradication of polio, giving annual contributions to the international Rotary initiative.
more Throughout our Centenary year we are proud to be supporting the Great Lakes Project, a charity which works in the world's poorest country, Burundi. Follow the stories and learn how lives have been transformed by this charity.
more Taunton Rotary, working with their sister Club in Lisieux Normandy has funded the cost of four years' secondary schooling (£400 per year per pupil) of two girls in the remote Himalayan province of Ladakh through the charity Himalayan Children.
more International co-operation is rewarded by success as 13 years on a young Zambian scholar works in secondary schools as a fully trained teacher and is now studying for his second degree.
more Malaria kills 600,000 a year: The Rotary Club of Taunton donates money for prevention
more Hands on Rotary. A team of Rotarians from Taunton Rotary Club worked together to create life saving Water Boxes which are sent as Emergency Kits to areas that have experienced a disaster.
more Members of Taunton Rotary Club along with partners, once again hosted their long-time sister Club in Lisieux, re-igniting old friendships and strengthening relationships between our two Clubs.
back The Rotary Club of Taunton supports both national and locally initiated international projects and links with Clubs abroad, including France and the USA. Click on 'DETAILS' below and read about our recent visit to Lisieux.....