Yesterday was World Polio Day , can I say a huge thank you to all the Rotarian’s both in our District but also from all around the world for all the hard work and effort they put into the campaign, not only on World Polio day but all trough the year.
We are at the point where the second of three forms of the polio virus has been eradicated. There are three types of the wild polio virus, which, while scientifically different, cause the same symptoms, including paralysis or even death.
The world was declared free of type 2 four years ago – and now the World Health Organization has said type 3 has also been eradicated. But as we know type 1 is still circulating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A special thank you to David Cross of Highdown Rotary and Students from St Margaret’s School Angmering, who planted 1240 Crocus Corns yesterday in the rain to form of a Rotary Roundel as part of the Get Moving to End Polio. I look forward to then flowering.
The idea is simple. Host an event incorporating the number 1,240 whilst raising awareness and funds to eradicate polio. Why 1240 well, the border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is ‘more than 1,240 miles’,