Given the contribution of Rotary clubs over a number of years to ending polio, it is gratifying to note the significant success that has been achieved. The disease now remains in only 2 countries in the world, with very few cases identified this year and total polio eradication is now an achievable target. It is important that the immunisation programme continues (even in non-affected countries) for at least the next three years until the wild polio virus can be eliminated and no longer spread by potential carriers.
The club has donated to the End Polio Now Appeal and the donation will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation.
The committee is planning to implement the Rotary GB&I and District initiative for World Polio Day on 24th October this year - “Light in the Window” – to arrange purple light displays by Rotarians and hopefully on Council buildings, roundabouts and other landmarks in Hemel Hempstead. This is to further raise the profile of polio eradication.
In addition, the purchase of purple crocus corms for planting in conjunction with local primary schools to support World Polio Day will be investigated with schools’ contacts.