World Polio Day

Promoting Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio from the world

World Polio Day

Promoting Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio from the world

World Polio Day

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against Polyiomyelitis.  

2018 will be the 6th annual Livestream event available to a global audience.  It is an opportunity for Rotarians and everyone else involved to raise awareness of the fight to eradicate polio from the world and to finish the job Rotary started over 30 years ago.

Wednesday 24th October 2018 is World Polio Day. Let's celebrate World Polio Day and help to make history.

Polio Facts

  1. Polio mainly affects children under 5
  2. There is no cure, but polio is preventable with a vaccine
  3. Only three countries remain endemic
  4. We've reduced cases by 99.99% since 1988
  5. Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk

Register Your Club Event

All clubs in Rotary South East are urged to hold an event to raise awaremess of the continuing fight to eradicate polio from this world. Known events include:

1. West Wickhan will be hoding a Quiz and fish n chips night to raise funds for End Polio Now

2. Showing of the film “Breathe”

  • Bromley and Faversham clubs

3. Purple lighting

  • Herne Bay will be illuminating the Herne Bay clock tower in purple
  • Tenterden are lighting up the Town Hall & St. Mildred’s Church in purple
  • South Foreland will be illuminating their hotel venue in purple lighting
  • Canterbury Sunrise will be illuminating St. Edmund's School in Canterbury
  • Maidstone clubs will be illuminating the Town Hall in Maidstone in purple lighting

4. Planting purple crocus corms

  • Sittingbourne Invicta will be planting 5000 crocus corms in Wormshill
  • South Foreland are also planting crocus corms
  • Minster-on-Sea will be planting 5000 purple crocus corms in the shape of the Rotary emblem on Mister Leas and helped by the Medway & Sittingbourne Invicta clubs 
  • The three Maidstone clubs will be planting 25000 purple crocus corms

5. Talk - South Foreland will be holding an End Polio Now talk and all club members wearing something purple

6. Rotary Radio UK will be broadcasting polio related messages

7. Sittingbourne Invicta will be advocating the end of polio via social media, radio and a press release

8. Chestfield will be selling purple crocuses as a Purple4Polio fundraiser

Register your club event on the End Polio Now website.