Rotarian’s bid to eradicate polio
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