Thursday, Oct. 24 is World Polio Day!
Rotary Clubs, world health bodies and private citizens have been working for 30 years to eliminate the life-destroying polio virus from the world, and we’re 99.9 per cent of the way there.
The project has involved 20 million volunteers and 17 million US dollars. Two and a half billion children have been vaccinated in 200 countries.
Despite the success to date , it is estimated that if efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,00 children each year.
The goal for World Polio Day is twofold: to raise public awareness, and to raise money for continuance of the project.
The day is known informally as Purple Pinkie Day, because those participating in the cause will have their baby finger stamped purple to recognize their contribution.
The Interact Club (an off-shoot of Rotary International designed for high-schoolers) will be hosting an event in the cafeteria at Correlieu Secondary School during lunch hour on Oct. 24. Quesnel’s Rotary Club will be hosting an event the same day over the lunch hour at Spirit Square.
Drop by to learn more about the threat of polio, contribute cash to further the project and get your pinkie dyed purple!
— Submitted by the Quesnel Rotary Club