On 24th October Wigan Rotary Club along with Rotary Clubs around the country will be going purple to remind people of the battle to End Polio around the world. We are informed that the Council’s Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles team are going to get purple balloons to put round their organisation and are going to wear something purple.
For over 30 years now, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. Purple4Polio initiative is one launched by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds and awareness for our efforts to eradicate it across the world and promote the work of our global campaign, End Polio Now. When a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine.
Rotary’s pledge for a polio free world was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries and hundreds of new cases every single day. In 2017 there were only 22 cases in the entire world but as long as there is one single case anywhere children everywhere are at risk. Thanks to Rotary, and the support of our partners WHO, Unicef, CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, there are now just three countries still classed as endemic: Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
To finish the job over 2 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have to be administered each and every year in over 60 countries until the world is finally certified polio free.
The Club will be planting crocus bulbs around the borough for spring flowering as well as wearing artificial crocus flowers to mark the day. Please be aware and look out for the flowers and remember we can End Polio now.