All proceeds will go to Rotary's End Polio campaign and will be trebled by a matching grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making a total of £770.58. How fantastic is that?
Poliomyelitis – a potentially fatal disease.
The poliovirus invades the nervous system.
Can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
Can strike at any age but mainly children under five.
Polio is INCURABLE, but COMPLETELY VACCINE-PREVENTABLE.
Rotary’s END POLIO NOW project
1980s there were 350,000 cases worldwide.
Since 1985 “END POLIO NOW” has:
contributed more than $1.7 billion, and
countless volunteer hours,
to immunise more than 2.5 billion children,
in 122 countries.
Massive reduction by 2016 just 37 cases worldwide,
in only 3 countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria & Pakistan
Last year 22 cases worldwide,
Afghanistan (14) & Pakistan (8)
So far this year, 6 cases - all in Afghanistan.
WE ARE SO CLOSE TO ENDING POLIO
The film 'Breathe'
is about Robin Cavendish who after contracting polio at the age of 28 is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.
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