Canterbury Cathedral goes purple

Canterbury Cathedral to go purple

24th October 2017 is World Polio Day

Canterbury Cathedral to go Purple for Polio

Canterbury Cathedral will go purple on Tuesday, 24 October, 2017.

The Corona at the eastern end of the Cathedral will join many of the important buildings around the World when it will glow purple to mark World Polio Day.

The Cathedral precincts will be open with free entry via the Christ Church Gate from 5.00pm and the polio purple will be from 6.30 until 7.00pm.

Why Purple?

When children are immunized against poliomyelitis a little finger is dipped in purple ink. This colour has now been carried World-wide as a symbol of the battle to finally eradicate polio.

Rotary in the South East asked the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral for their support and are delighted that such an iconic place has embraced this World-wide gesture.

Though polio may seem distant in this country there are still around 100,000 people here being treated for post polio syndrome from the epidemics of the 1950s and 60s.

“We are so very close,” said Rotary District Governor Carol Vizzard. “There are just two countries now where polio has been found and only 11 cases so far this year. This compares with over 300,000 thirty years ago.

“But to end polio there are still millions of children being vaccinated. Rotary has been for 30 years and still is at the forefront of this battle with our partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation and National Governments including the UK Government who recently pledged £100 million in the fight to eradicate polio ” 

The Corona of the Cathedral will go purple from 6.30 to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 24 October.

Be Part Of History

No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. Help us celebrate World Polio Day 2017 and make history today.

What is Your Rotary Club Doing to celebrate World Polio Day?

Ending a disease is a massive effort and Rotary and our partners can’t do it alone. Learn how you can join us in our efforts to end polio.

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