POLIO DAY: A group from the Rotary Club of Alnwick manned a stall in the Market Place in recognition of World Polio Day and to promote the Rotarian charity End Polio Now!
Polio has no cure, but it is preventable by vaccination. It can maim or kill young children; many older people will remember school friends who were affected by the disease. It was greatly reduced when the Salk vaccine was introduced in the late 1950s.
When the Rotary campaign was launched 25 years ago in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, polio was endemic in 125 countries. The results have been astounding. It is now confined to just four countries – Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Thanks to a massive immunisation programme two billion children have been protected from the disease and millions of lives have been saved.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already donated $355million and challenged Rotary to raise another $200million by June next year.
Rotary International is confident it can meet the challenge and is well on the way to doing so.
If you are interested in being part of this worldwide organisation, the Rotary Club of Alnwick meets every Thursday lunchtime in the White Swan Hotel, or you can contact the secretary on 01665 605375.