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October 2017 - Rotary Club of Brentwood - Press Release


End Polio Now

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9% from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 in 2016.  To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. 

In recognition of the 5th annual World Polio Day on the 24th October there is a day of events planned at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.  Members of Rotary Clubs will be coming together to plant 30,000 crocus corns in the park and the event will be attended by Purple4Polio Ambassadors Ade Adepitan and Julia Roberts, along with a host of other guests.

At the Rotary Club of Brentwood we support this important cause.  We:

·         have a polio pot at our weekly meeting where Rotarians donate their small change

·         launched our own local campaign, sponsoring crocus packs and educational materials for local schools and planted crocuses at strategic spots around Brentwood

·         will be attending the above event at the Olympic Park

·         will be selling Crocus buttonholes locally so that people become a walking advert for the campaign.  The crocus was chosen as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the fingers of children that had been immunised

November 2017

We are busy planning.  Lighting Up Brentwood and preparing for the annual Santa visit is now our focus.  Watch out for details on our website: