After a very successful coffee morning held in September 2016 for Macmillan Cancer Research, we once again welcome members of Whitehaven Rotary Club who will be hosting this event to raise funds for Polio Plus, as part of their campaign Purple4Polio.
Polio Plus which is a programme run jointly by the Bill Gates Foundation and Rotary International; the object of this is to eradicate Polio from the world’s population.
Crocuses are always a welcome sign of spring, and for many Rotary Clubs they represent even more. Purple crocuses are a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio from the world. The virus is transmitted via contaminated food or water and can cause muscle weakness: this can lead to partial or total paralysis, possibly even death. Poverty and malnutrition increase the likelihood of the disease spreading: there is no cure.
The campaign Purple4Polio uses the purple colour to represent the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life-saving oral polio vaccine. It is heartening to note that because of Rotary’s work over the last 30 years, the number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to a mere three.
Both Whitehaven Rotary Clubs will be planting purple crocuses later this year in various venues round the town to raise awareness of this campaign.
Anthony Payne, Chairman of the Community and Vocational Committee explained: “Tiptree Jam has donated 52,000 jars of either Greengage or Early Rivers Plum Jam to every Rotarian in the country. The idea is that Rotary Clubs invite people to join them for tea, helping to raise 1 million pounds to eradicate this dreadful disease from the world for ever.
Everyone is welcome to join us – and feel free to bring your own bakes and cakes which we can sell to raise even more money, or just come along and sample what’s on offer. We’ll also be running a secondhand bookstall and teas, coffees and soft drinks will be available. Let’s all eat cake and raise money for this very worthwhile cause!