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POLIO – Another triumph for Rotary


Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have announced that wild polio virus type 3  has been certified eradicated worldwide. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out.

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. From over 1000 cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children, that number is today down by 99.9%.

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated US$2 billion to the eradication effort, protecting more than 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes.

Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988. This partnership brought together Rotary, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

1988 was also the year Harpenden Village Rotary Cub was chartered. The club has been a major supporter of the initiative, earning it the Rotary International award, pictured above right.

Despite there being only a handful of cases still occurring, the campaign continues. Failure could result in 200,000 new cases worldwide every year.

We learn how Home Start helps families who fall through support systems
Members and partners enjoy an evening walk round Heartwood Forest

Club earns top Rotary award

Club President David Nye (right) receives the Rotary Foundation Award from Assistant Governor Robert Ward, representing the Rotary District. Harpenden Village earned the award for giving more money than any other club last year to Rotary Foundation, Rotary International’s charity. Among its global activities, Rotary Foundation has worked for several decades with the World Health Organisation and local agencies to rid the world of the killer disease polio.

No, the club members are not shooting at each other. They are making the most of the splendid archery and rifle shooting facilities at Phasels Wood Scout Activity Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Club unites with The Prince’s Trust

The Club has teamed with The Prince’s Trust to help struggling young people make something of their life. These 16- to 25-year-olds are not in employment, education or training and lack work skills, social skills and confidence.

Since late 2018, Club members have contributed to the Prince’s Trust’s well-established 12-week programme. Participants have open, honest and very frank conversations with the programme leaders. Standards are high and a cooperative team effort is expected.  Disruptive behaviour is simply not tolerated.

Sir Dermot Turing talks about his uncle, Alan Turing