Buy a crocus to help prevent polio

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Rotary is campaigning to reduce cases of polio around the world and has a fundraising event planned in the area to help the cause.

October 24 is Rotary World Polio Plus day and on Saturday, October 26, Rotarians will be out in Corby, Rushden and Higham Ferrers raising money.

Members of the Rotary Club of Corby Phoenix will be selling the Rotary Purple Crocus in Corby town centre and Rushden Chichele Club will be doing the same at Higham Ferrers Farmers’ Market in the Square and also Rushden High Street. Come along and hear more about Polio Plus and what Rotary is doing and, of course, purchase a crocus.

Historically, polio has been the world’s greatest cause of disability so how fortunate we are in the UK to have initiatives that immunise against such deadly diseases.

However, this is not the case throughout the world, particularly in the developing nations, so with this in mind, Rotary International started to fund-

raise back in 1985 to bring this simple polio vaccination to wherever it was needed across the globe.

The vaccination process is so simple. With just a few drops of the vaccine on the tongue children are protected.

Where there were 350,000 cases of this crippling disease when the campaign started now, thanks to Rotary and their partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plus the World Health organisation, there were just over 1,000 cases recorded in 2010. Each year, the numbers diminish.

The world has progressed from having 125 polio endemic countries to just three, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

However, the job is not over. Polio knows no borders with carriers frequently moving from one country to another. As a consequence, the virus can all too easily re-appear in a previously polio-free country. And Rotary needs to keep raising money to continue the campaign or polio could once again be the dreadful problem it once was.

The purchase of a Rotary Purple Crocus for £1 is a simple, cost-effective way for anyone to contribute.

GUEST SPEAKER

In conjunction with the Rotary Polio Eradication programme The Rotary Club of Rushden will be raising funds on Wednesday, November 13.

Justin Urquhart Stewart, a well known financial commentator who is often on television and radio, will be speaking about the economic outlook.

Anyone in the financial sector, professional or amateur investors and those who enjoy listening to a top speaker will not want to miss it.

As part of the same campaign, the club are appealing for anyone who would like to donate any toys, children’s books or any unwanted gifts lying forgotten in play rooms or lofts to be sold at its Christmas stall at Higham Sparkle with all proceeds donated to the Rotary Polio charity.