Local School Students Help to End Polio 2018

Oxted School Students marked historic progress towards a polio-free world and raised £4,570.59 towards eradicating polio

The students of Oxted School on behalf of Oxted Rotary are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.   

Oxted School Students on behalf of the Rotary Club of Oxted held a ‘purple mufti day’ on the 15th October. The colour purple was chosen because when children are immunized one of their fingers is marked with a purple dye. The students raised a record sum of £1,523.53, to which the Bill and Melinda Foundation will add a further £3047.06, bringing the total they raised £4,570.59

The students dressed in purple but the six-form students chose to wear their old school uniform. (Photos attached)

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2017. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.  

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