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Welcome to the first Rotary GB&I Service News of the new Rotary year, bringing you the latest updates from the national Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Service Teams.

This communication is sent to all members each month, and contains links through to individual monthly service team newsletters, which are sent to relevant district officers.

This will allow you to access key information across a range of areas in one place.

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Get ready for World Polio Day

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

Celebrate World Polio Day and share our progress on the road to polio eradication with the global health experts who are our partners in this great venture.

Sunday 24th October is World Polio Day. Why that date? Because it is the birthday of the developer of the first polio vaccine, Jonas Salk.

More than 18 million people can walk today because of polio vaccines, and the past year has seen a further dramatic decline in wild polio cases with the last two cases more than six months ago.

This day we should be thinking particularly of the benefit of polio vaccination for children of the world. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but the goal of ending polio has not yet been reached, and we still need your help and perseverance.

Above all we must redouble our efforts to raise the money necessary to finish the job, a process that begins by using every avenue to talk about the impact of the global campaign. Only this way will friends, neighbours, and government be reminded of the importance of what Rotary and its partners are doing.

How can you support World Polio Day?

  1. Create a plan to publicise the day. Use materials from the World Polio Day Toolkit.

  2. Donate your time, raise funds and donate your voice

  3. Organise an event or purple illumination. Involve your neighbours and colleagues to share the Rotary Polio Story.

  4. Tell the PolioPlus team of your event. We want to shout our successes from the rooftops!


Have a great day!

Derek Rothwell and Keith Paver

End Polio Now Coordinators - Regions 20/21

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