World Polio Day

Celebrating another milestone for the elimination of polio around the world

World Polio Day

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.  

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.

24th October 2019 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

Club Events For World Polio Day

All clubs in Rotary South East are urged to hold an event to raise awareness of the continuing fight to eradicate polio from this world. 

Last year clubs organised:

  • A quiz and fish 'n chips night to raise funds for End Polio Now (West Wickham)
  • A showing of the film “Breathe” (Bromley & Faversham)
  • Purple lighting to illuminate buildings (Herne Bay, Tenterden, South Foreland, Canterbury Sunrise & Maidstone clubs)
  • Planting purple crocus corms (Sittingbourne Invicta, South Foreland, Minster-on-Sea, Maidstone clubs)
  • An End Polio Now talk & wearing something purple (South Foreland )
  • A social media campaign, talked on radio and submitted press releases (Sittingbourne Invicta) 
  • The selling of purple crocus pins as a Purple4Polio fundraiser (Chestfield)

Notify End Polio Now of your 2019 event

Whatever your club is doing on World Polio Day, please enter your event on the End Polio Now website