Ro­tar­ian’s bid to erad­i­cate po­lio

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Although Mata­mata Ro­tary mem­ber Michelle Tan­ner spends her day teach­ing peo­ple about im­mu­ni­sa­tion, she says a trip to Pak­istan to speak at a Ro­tary World Po­lio Day Con­fer­ence will not be a bus­man’s hol­i­day.

The im­mu­ni­sa­tion ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor at Auck­land Univer­sity, Mata­mata Ro­tary’s sec­re­tary and Dis­trict 9930 Po­lioPlus cochair­woman, said she is ex­cited by the trip where she will also spend two days vac­ci­nat­ing Pak­ista­nis on the street or in a clinic. ‘‘I don’t im­mu­nise; I teach, and cul­tur­ally it will be hugely dif­fer­ent and I am pas­sion­ate and knowl­edge­able about im­mu­ni­sa­tion,’’ she said.

The invitation to the con­fer­ence came after a pre­sen­ta­tion on Ro­tary’s role in im­mu­nis­ing against po­lio and writ­ing an ar­ti­cle for a med­i­cal jour­nal which was seen by an over­seas Ro­tar­i­ans.

She was not sure what her speech would fo­cus on, but said it would prob­a­bly be on the his­tory of Ro­tary help­ing erad­i­cate po­lio and how close the world­wide group was to com­pletely erad­i­cat­ing the dis­ease.

New Zealan­ders can help Ro­tary fully erad­i­cate po­lio by donat­ing at street col­lec­tions on Pur­ple Pinkie Day, Oc­to­ber 24, and schools can run coin trails.

Ki­wis can also get in­volved in the World’s Great­est Meal on World Po­lio Day, also on Oc­to­ber 24.

RO­TAR­IAN: Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian Michelle Tan­ner joined other Ro­tar­i­ans from around the world to col­lect money for End Po­lio, an ini­tia­tive to help erad­i­cate po­lio in­ter­na­tion­ally. Photo: FAIR­FAX

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