Fundraiser for po­lio sur­vivors

Bray People - - NEWS -

AN ice cream blitz for Wick­low po­lio sur­vivors will take place at Rain­bows’ ice cream par­lour in Bray to­day ( Wed­nes­day).

De­scribed on Lov­inDublin.com as one of the 47 things Bray has to of­fer that you won’t get in Dublin, Rain­bows comes in at num­ber seven and is cited as a rea­son Bray is the Irish cap­i­tal of ice cream. If that’s not enough of a rea­son for cus­tomers to be en­ticed to visit this tra­di­tional ice cream spot, sup­port­ing a lo­cal group with this Ice Cream Blitz is the top­ping on the cone. ‘We are de­lighted that Rain­bows Ice Cream Par­lour is help­ing us to raise funds to sup­port Po­lio Sur­vivors,’ said Marie McGuirk of the Wick­low Po­lio Sup­port Group. ‘Be­cause po­lio is gone, many peo­ple for­get that po­lio sur­vivors are still here and have many dif­fi­cul­ties as a re­sult of their con­di­tion.’

The ice cream blitz will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a min­i­mum do­na­tion of €2 is re­quested.

The Post Po­lio Sup­port Group was es­tab­lished in 1993. They are the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in Ire­land pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal ser­vices and sup­port (and some­times more im­por­tantly a lis­ten­ing ear) to those un­for­tu­nate enough to have con­tracted po­lio when ba­bies or young chil­dren.

Be­fore it was was erad­i­cated in the early 1960s, the de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease Po­liomyeli­tis struck down many peo­ple in Ire­land. Many were par­tially paral­ysed and re­cov­ered, while oth­ers were paral­ysed par­tially or se­verely for life.

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