Rotary Club to hold End Polio Now collection in Bromsgrove

By Tristan Harris Friday 07 February 2014 Updated: 07/02 01:47

MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire will be at Bromsgrove’s Morrisons next Saturday (February 15) collecting funds for the End Polio Now campaign.

Over the past 25 years, Rotary International has worked with other health agencies worldwide to almost eradicate polio, bringing the number of cases by 99 per cent.

There used to be 350,000 new cases of the disease across 125 polio endemic countries in Asia but, by the end of last year, there were just 1,000 in just three nations. Regular immunisation, which costs as little as 25p per vaccine, can protect a child against the crippling disease for life.

A spokesperon for the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire said: “This last one per cent must be wiped out to make sure no child falls prey to this paralysing and sometimes fatal illness.

“Regular immunisation activities in these countries, supported by Rotary members across the world, are having a positive impact.

“Polio knows no borders and carriers frequently moves from one country to another.

“The virus can therefore reappear in previously polio free countries.”

Every penny collected in Bromsgrove next Saturday will go directly to those who need it.

The Rotary Club of North Worcestershire has 30 members who meet every Tuesday evening at Droitwich Golf Club.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the club or how to become a member should call Ralph Webster, Membership Secretary on 01527 877998 or Robert Moule, President on 01527 874712.

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