Ro­tary Round-up

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ROTARIANS through­out Bri­tain and Ire­land are hold­ing many Pur­ple4Po­lio events to bring aware­ness of and raise money for the Ro­tary cam­paign to End Po­lio Now and for­ever.

Pur­ple is the colour of the dye placed on the lit­tle fin­ger on the left hand of a child to show they have been im­mu­nised against po­lio, hence the name Pur­ple4Po­lio.

With mil­lions of chil­dren to vac­ci­nate, this makes it eas­ier to see who has been pro­tected and who has not.

With your sup­port here in South­port and Formby you will be help­ing to make his­tory by join­ing mil­lions of Rotarians and sup­port­ers across the globe rais­ing aware­ness, funds and sup­port to wipe Po­lio off the face of the earth.

So far 2.5 bil­lion chil­dren have been vac­ci­nated.

The world has never been closer to mak­ing his­tory and ful­fill­ing Ro­tary’s goal of a po­lio-free world with just 11 cases of wild po­liovirus world­wide so far this year in Afghanistan and Pak­istan.

SOUTH­PORT Ro­tary joined the chil­dren of the newly-formed School Coun­cil and Gar­den­ing Group from Birk­dale Pri­mary School with their teach­ers and the vol­un­teers at Bed­ford Park, part of the South­port in Bloom.

It was the start of the plant­ing of the new spring bed at Bed­ford Park in Birk­dale.

It was a great morn­ing and some of the cro­cuses re­cently pur­chased from RHS work­ing in part­ner­ship with Ro­tary were added to the mix. Oth­ers are be­ing planted in Abbey Gardens in Birk­dale Vil­lage.

Pres­i­dent Michael from South­port said: “This is what Ro­tary is all about work­ing to­gether with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and school chil­dren to make a dif­fer­ence to our lovely parks and on this oc­ca­sion raise aware­ness of po­lio.”

More events will be hap­pen­ing over the next few months.

We urge lo­cal schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions to come for­ward and join our cam­paign.

Please con­tact your lo­cal Ro­tary Club for more in­for­ma­tion.

Our thanks go es­pe­cially to the chil­dren who worked very hard and we hope they will join us again soon with their teach­ers.

THE Ro­tary Club of Formby cel­e­brated its 50th anniversary at its re­cent Char­ter Night.

This land­mark event of the club took place at West Lancs Golf Club.

Club mem­bers, past mem­bers, Rotarians from lo­cal clubs and friends and sup­port­ers of the club sat down to an ex­cel­lent meal fol­lowed by a num­ber of short speeches.

The guests were en­ter­tained by singer Alan Cross, who sang a se­lec­tion of songs

The Pres­i­dent, Ge­orge Rodda, and his wife Lynda wel­comed a num­ber of spe­cial guests – Deb­bie Hodge, the Pres­i­dent Elect of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional in Bri­tish Isles; District Gov­er­nor Beryl Cot­ton and her hus­band, Tony; and the past Chair­man of Formby Par­ish Coun­cil Bob McCann and his wife Susan.

Also present was Jim Charnock and his wife Ann.

Jim is a founder mem­ber of the club and de­spite poor health still sup­ports the club when he can.

Dur­ing the evening Deb­bie Hodge pre­sented Pres­i­dent Ge­orge with a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship.

This is the high­est award Ro­tary can give and is awarded to Rotarians who have given ser­vice to Ro­tary above and be­yond what is nor­mally ex­pected.

The club was also pre­sented with a ci­ta­tion from Bob McCann on be­half of Formby Par­ish Coun­cil in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion it has made to the lo­cal com­mu­nity over its 50 years ex­is­tence.

The par­ish coun­cil had also de­clared the day of the Char­ter Evening as Formby Ro­tary Day.

South­port Ro­tary joined the chil­dren of the School Coun­cil and Gar­den­ing Group from Birk­dale Pri­mary with teach­ers and vol­un­teers at Bed­ford Park

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