Rotary International was set up in February 1905 and to celebrate 110 years of continuous service throughout the world a Polio awareness day was held at the ASDA Accrington store on Sunday 22nd February, 2015 and run by the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle.

Although polio has not been seen in Great Britain for many years (Blackburn was affected in the 1960’s), it is vital we continue our efforts to eliminate the disease worldwide so that it can never return. Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have so far donated over £20 million to end polio.

Rotary efforts to eradicate polio have been described as one of the finest humanitarian projects the world has ever known and Rotary has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The eradication of polio when completed will be one of the most significant achievements in public health since the eradication of smallpox.

Members of the Rotary club manned a stand all day highlighting the need to eliminate polio and fabric purple crocus buttonholes were sold to members of the public who were generous enough paying up to £2 for such a crocus. The colour was chosen as the purple colour matches the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.

The Rotary club besides selling the crocuses sold second hand cds and dvds which contributed to around £200 being raised. This amount will go into the polio fund.

Ian McTurk President of the Rotary club said “ I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the ASDA store, and members of the public who showed so much interest in the polio campaign. Rotary members manning the stall were very impressed by the interest shown by the shoppers”.

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