World Polio Day 24 October 21

Rotary Club of Thanet along with Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group plant purple crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day


ROTARY IS DEFEATING POLIO WORLDWIDE

Thanet Rotary President Jim Nicholson and President Elect John Reid were delighted to join Sue and Frank, volunteers from the Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group, in planting purple crocuses to mark World Polio Day, 24th October. Purple dye is painted on the little finger of a child to signify they have received a potentially life-saving polio vaccine and has become a symbolic colour in the fight against polio.

The crocus bed at the Louisa Bay Access Road beds is maintained by the Garden Group. The volunteers collaborated with Broadstairs Rotary in 2020 to plant 4,000 bulbs donated by that club. Thanet Rotary’s donation of more bulbs will help enrich and spread the crocuses in this much visited part of Broadstairs.

Thousands of Rotary clubs across the world are marking World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio. This vaccine preventable disease still threatens children in parts of the world. If not eradicated, it is estimated that, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 children annually all over the world could succumb to polio.

Globally, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against the disease. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication and, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, every £1 raised is matched 2-to-1.

In August 2020, Africa, which includes 47 countries, was certified free from wild polio.

This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries. But despite this momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good.

We have seen over the past two years with COVID-19, that disease anywhere, is a threat to everyone, everywhere. We’ve also seen the power of vaccines and community togetherness, and Rotary clubs across Thanet have played their part.

Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985, including almost £4,000 contributed by the Rotary Club of Thanet.

Formed in 1983, Thanet Rotary has been supporting the community for 38 years. Members are committed to working with others to eliminate this potentially deadly virus and make Rotary's dream of a polio free world a reality.

The club also support The Pilgrims Hospice, Oasis, The Millmead Centre, Porchlight and other local charities as well as International charitable projects

Anyone wishing to find out more about Rotary is encouraged to visit the Thanet club website or Facebook. Explore the contact menu and get in touch.

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Shelterbox & Rotary

The Rotary Club of Thanet were at Pierremont Hall Broadsrairs on 27 November collecting for ShelterBox

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The club sponsors concerts at the Pavilion in Broadstairs for residents of local care homes and in support of other community groups.

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Eye treatments delivered by boat along the Mekon river in Cambodia in collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Phnom Penh, France and Belgium. And now Rotary club of Thanet

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Walkers meet up at the Swan in Reading Street for a well earned lunch

Bowling, social walking, trips to the theatre, crazy golf and much more. Usually followed by a meal and involving wives and partners.

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Over the last three years our club has organised a sponsored walk along the Thanet coast to raise charitable funds.

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Rotary Club of Thanet along with Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group plant purple crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day

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Dorothy and John Reid, Frances and David Ward on parade at Viking beach

We were pleased to support Broadstairs Town Team's beach clean in Viking and Stone Bays. And we were at it again, this time helping with the repainting of the jetty in May 2021.

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Our guest of honour Sir Henry Cooper OBE, KSG. Our Enery. Flanked by some notable Rotarians Neal Elliott, David Mirsky, John Reid, Roger Rook (sadly now deceased) and (Hon member of our club) Frank Thornley.

Rotary Club of Thanet, in partnership with Ramsgate Boxing Club, organised hugely successful boxing nights raising almost £450,000. A substantial sum which was deployed to good effect.

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The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.

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For many years our club has treated children and their families to a night out at the Pantomime

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Ramsgate Harbour

As well as the many deaths and much suffering, Covid has raised many societal issues which have demanded a response.

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The Freda Carr Hospital in Ngora Uganda A hospital restored

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