Turning Purple for Polio at Oxfordshire Science Festival
The Explorazone at Oxford Town Hall
Preparing for a busy Saturday
As the numerous exhibitors put the final touches to their stands in the packed Hall, Team Rotary has a final briefing
Exhibition stand safely in place...
... with monitor beaming out videos of the End Polio Now story and how we provide clean water, so vital to combating disease.
An original Child's Iron Lung
Kindly lent by District 1260, complete with young 'patient' and explanatory leaflets and posters
Aquabox at the ready.....
... with the Grifaid Aquafilter and carefully selected items for survival. Literature stand loaded, leaflets and activity packs for engagement on hand and we're ready to roll
Why has that lady got purple hair?
District Governor Joy Arnott leads the way, explaining how each immunised child receives a purple mark on their pinky (small finger)
The Iron Lung is a big attraction
John Biggs explains how machines like these saved hundreds of children's lives during the polio epidemic of 1958
Now mercifully a museum piece
Tim Cowling reveals that many of these lungs were made in Cowley by William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) philanthropist and car manufacturer
The Story of End Polio Now
A simple board game, popular with families, traces the story of polio from Egyptian times through epidemics, iron lungs, new vaccines, Rotary's historic End Polio Now campaign
Sophie takes a victory curtsey
A delighted Tim shares Sophie's celebration of completing the whole End Polio Now journey from Ancient Egypt to being within the Final Inch of eradication
More room to manoeuvre on Sunday
With fewer exhibitors we were able to spread our wings, enabling more visitors to explore our exhibits in greater detail
Clean water - essential for health
Syrian visitors learn from Andrew Fairbairn how Aquafilters supply safe water in zones of conflict
Nothing quite like hands-on action!
The Aquafilter Community can provide safe drinking water for large communities for months and is simple to use and maintain
Aquabox Ambassador David Sutherland
Italian students on a language course in Brighton take a day trip to Oxford and discover how the science of micro-pore technology is saving hundreds of lives.
Magic of Clean Water
Its Father's Day and this Dad celebrated by bringing his sons to discover how the Aquafilter Family can turn muddy Thames water into clean water, safe to drink.
The on-going benefits
Richard and Hazel Benton shared the joys of National Immunisation Days and Brian Jonson explained how lessons learned through polio eradication work curbed the Ebola epidemic
Iron Lung physics explained
A bonus having real scientists exhibiting close by! This blue globe with attached air pump was perfect for demonstrating how the iron lung enabled polio victims to breathe
A superb weekend draws to a close
Busy to the end. Exciting to meet so many interesting people. Thanks so much to the team, organisers and visitors. Science is alive and kicking, 'doing good in the world'!
To celebrate 100 Years of the Rotary Foundation "doing good in the World", we were privileged to participate in the Explorazone at the Oxford Town Hall, part of the prestigious Oxfordshire Science Festival in June
What a fun weekend we all had at the family-friendly Explorazone in Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, just one part of the amazing week-long Oxfordshire Science Festival!
It was a real privilege to be part of this vibrant Festival which attracted thousands of people to events throughout Oxford and beyond. Over the weekend, we shared space in the Town Hall with a number of really exciting scientific research programmes, health practitioners and educators, all explaining how science contributes to make the world a safer and happier place. It was a great opportunity to share with hundreds of curious visitors how rewarding it is to be a member of Rotary by being actively involved in Rotary's life-changing programmes and activities and also an opportinity to exchange ideas with fellow exhibitors and explore ways of working together to help those in need.
As one of our volunteers put it "How amazing to be speaking with an Oxford Emeritus Professor one moment and answering questions from an inquiring eight year old the next!"
Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who manned Thames Valley Rotary District's 'Turning Purple for Polio' stand throughout the weekend explaining to a huge number of visitors the part Rotary plays in fighting disease and providing clean water and for sharing their enthusiasm for Rotary. Special thanks to our very kind neighbours in District 1260 who lent us the Child's Iron Lung, which proved a major attraction and to David Sutherland and Andrew Fairbairn for bringing their AquaFilter kits and engaging with budding young scientists to turn muddy Thames water into life-saving clean water.
Note to clubs: The large exhibition stand with monitor may be borrowed from Marketing Resources
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