Knaresborough Rotarians top the Polio support charts!


For the second time in three years Knaresborough Rotary Club has come out top in its support for the End Polio Now campaign.

In 2014 a total of 5,733 was raised by the club which put it top of the 78 Rotary Clubs in North and West Yorkshire. At a recent club meeting at Nidd Hall the Rotary District 1040 Polio Officer Mrs Chris Philip presented a large silver tankard to the club President Ian Ibbotson.

Thirty years ago, in 1985, Rotary began its campaign to eradicate Polio Worldwide.
Working with the World Health Organisation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has organised mass immunisation on an amazing scale.

In 1985 there were an estimated 400,000 cases of Polio annually. Thanks to Rotary’s campaign in 2014 there were only 413 cases worldwide, of which 327 were in Pakistan.
In 2011 India became Polio free, now only three countries have endemic Polio, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. This year so far, to 18th March, there have only been 20 cases worldwide.

Chris Philip paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of Knaresborough Rotarians in working towards a Polio free world. “We are very close to achieving our goal” she said,
 “and Knaresborough has played its part!”.

Photograph ChrisIanJohnKP shows: Left to Right:- Rotary District 1040 Polio Officer Mrs Chris Philip, Knaresborough Rotary Club President Ian Ibbotson and Past District Governor John Philip with the trophy presented to Knaresborough Rotary Club in recognition of their support for the End Polio campaign.

Photograph Club1KP shows:- Knaresborough Rotary Club members with the trophy presented to Knaresborough Rotary Club in recognition of their support for the End Polio campaign.