POLIO: Club’s work is paying off

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In this time of ever increasing calls on charitable giving it is difficult to keep some longer term projects in the public’s mind. Yet on October 24 could I ask readers to bear in mind one that has produced the near end of so much suffering to so many, End Polio Now.

In the past 30 years we in the Rotary Club of Blyth have joined Rotary International’s mission to eradicate this crippling disease from the world.

Over this time Rotary has contributed over $1.4bn to provide vaccines and doctors to treat three billion children in Europe, Africa and Asia. It is a real success story, reducing it from a near world curse to its virtual eradication. In Africa last year there were no new recorded cases, a great triumph for Rotary’s support of the World Health Organisation.

However, we must not be complacent, for the disease still lingers in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. From such reservoirs of the disease it is all too easy for outbreaks to spread to the rest of the world. We have come a long way and are tantalisingly close, but we still have to complete our mission.

So how can you help? Every time you support Rotary you know that in our overall giving to both local and international charities, we will be responding to such causes.

If you wish to learn more, visit www.rotarygbi.org and www.endpolio.org

Bill Thompson

Blyth Rotary Club