Cathedral Tower lights up Purple for Polio
22nd October 2019
The tower of Gloucester Cathedral will be lit purple in support of Rotary’s key humanitarian project to rid the world of polio.

Rotary started this initiative in 1985 and within three years the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched, a partnership which included Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, amongst others and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Why purple? Well during mass national immunisation days an immunised child dips their finger into a purple dye to indicate they have received the vaccine

During the last 33 years Rotary has donated $1.8 billion to the eradication effort.

In 1985 there were 125 endemic countries with over 1,000 polio cases a day
In 2017 there were 3 endemic countries, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan with 22 reported cases in the year.

A real success story for Rotary

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