'Painting' St. Leonard's Purple for World Polio Day 2020

Turning St. Leonard's into a purple beacon of hope that we can end polio, a beacon that will be seen for miles around

Rotary Middleton will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world while urging the community to help end the paralysing disease. 

Our event is among thousands to be held by Rotary clubs around the world on World Polio Day, 24 October.



Middleton's famous parish church - St. Leonard's will be light in purple hue from 22 October to 29 October to coincide with World Polio Day 2020 on Thursday 24 October.

We hope that St. Leonard's will become a beacon of hope for all to see for miles around of our commitment to ending polio.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralysed 1,000 children every day. We have made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.


With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising £40 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of £120 million.


Lee Wolf is a member of Rotary Middleton and has helped organise the event – “lighting up St. Leonard’s – Middleton’ Parish Church purple will be a beacon, it will be seen for miles around, it will get people talking about Rotary’s mission to end polio.  Purple is a symbolic colour as it is the dye used to mark a child's little finger when they have received their polio immunisation.”

(ALL fields required)

(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)