The Rotary Foundation/ Purple for Polio Barbecue
Sat 1st September 2018 at 4.00 pm - 10.00 pm
This annual event, once again hosted by Bill and Janet Kerr, proved a great social occasion whilst at the same time helping two Club projects - polio eradication and Days for Girls.
On a sunny afternoon chefs Graham Davies and Geoff Bartrum toiled over the barbecues whilst Rotarians, Inner Wheel members and their guests relaxed, circulated and enjoyed lively and spirited conversation.
The charge for an afternoon's entertainment also included two pairs of dark coloured briefs for the eminently successful 'Days for Girls' project. These will supplement future hygiene kits already supplied to girls at the Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu, Natal through the successful Bambisanani project begun by St. Mary's, Menston. Pictures brought back by returning pupils this summer showed the smiling faces of girls who knew their attendance could be reassuringly maintained by these simple but welcome gifts.
As far as fundraising was concerned £250 will go towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and will be increased through Rotary's partners, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This initative was launched in 1988 and has reduced the number of cases worldwide by 99.9% whilst immunising 2.5 billion children in 125 countries. But polio will not be considered eradicated till 3 years have passed without a new case.