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AFRICA FREE OF POLIO – But Campaign Continues

Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of the debilitating disease polio reached another milestone last year when the World Health Organisation certified Africa as wild-polio free.

Rotary clubs and volunteers around the world have fundraised, campaigned and worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to reach this landmark.

Our club has contributed every year since we were chartered in 1988. In the past five years alone our donations to the End Polio Now campaign have totalled more than £10,000. Our contribution in 2019 earned us a Rotary award. But the task of achieving a polio-free world goes on, as the virus still circulates in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

CLUB Meets regularly – on sCreen

Since April last year our club members have attended their weekly meetings via Zoom.

Break-out sessions, where groups of four or five members are placed in ‘rooms,’ are proving popular as they enhance the social side of meetings.

We’ve had the usual measure of speaker meetings with some speakers showing videos supporting their talks.

We’re not sitting on our hands, either. Committees and other groups are meeting via Zoom so it’s almost ‘business as usual.’ But what we’ll be able to tackle and achieve in 2020-21 is still difficult to assess in these uncertain times.

As our immediate past-president commented when the impact of the pandemic first hit us:  ‘Rotarians are positive people. They see problems as obstacles to overcome – and usually succeed.’