Ro­tary holds Pur­ple Pinky street ap­peal

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The Mata­mata com­mu­nity has been a gen­er­ous sup­porter of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s po­lio erad­i­ca­tion pro­gramme.

Its ap­peal Pur­ple Pinkie Day was held last Fri­day rais­ing $367.30 lo­cally, and is tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, mak­ing $1,101.90 go directly to po­lio erad­i­ca­tion.

In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries po­lio drops are de­liv­ered to chil­dren un­der five-years-old in many set­tings.

Ro­tary Mata­mata pres­i­dent Michelle Tan­ner vis­ited Pak­istan in 2014 where she vac­ci­nated chil­dren in schools, hos­pi­tals, slums and even at the zoo.

She says that with no record keep­ing, the child’s lit­tle fin­ger (pinkie) is in­stead marked with pur­ple ink which lasts for one month and en­sures they do not re­ceive more drops in that time.

Hence Pur­ple Pinkie Day was born.

Tan­ner says this fi­nal push is one of the most ex­pen­sive parts of the campaign and com­pla­cency is a risk.

Tan­ner says she is grate­ful to Mata­mata for its gen­er­ous support. If any­one would like more in­for­ma­tion on Ro­tary please visit the site

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