Purple 4 Polio Dinner & Raffle 18 October Cuddington Golf Club
On 18 October Banstead Rotary held a dinner at Cuddington Golf Club with a purple theme! The Rotarians and guests were all wearing something purple!
Purple is the theme of Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio. After dinner Jane explained about the progress to eradicate this terrible disease which paralyses children. Most people nowadays have never encountered it.
A raffle was run by International Chair John Draper with generous prizes supplied by the Rotarians, and, a gourmet hamper by our Corporate Partner, Banstead Manor Care Home. This raised £150.00 towards our funds.
On behalf of President John Hannam Jane lead the Club’s welcome to our two newest members Jo and Richard.
The worldwide Rotary Purple 4 Polio event on, or about, 24 October is a major Rotary initiative every year. Banstead Rotary also plants purple crocus corms to raise awareness with help from The Beacon School pupils and Banstead Village In Bloom.
The funds raised are used to immunise children around the World. Since Rotary began the project in 1988 they have raised $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in over 122 countries worldwide!
Wild Polio Virus Weekly Update October 2022
2021 6 children paralysed ( Afghanistan 4, Malawi 1, Pakistan 1)
2022 29 children paralysed ( Pakistan 20, Mozambique 7, Afghanistan 2)
On 25 September Jennifer Jones, President, Rotary International pledged an additional US150 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. She wants this to be the start of a massive funding effort to reach the initiative’s USD4.8 billion goal.