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