TO MARK World Polio Day, on October 24, all four Southport Rotary Clubs will come together to learn more about the disease and watch a special screening of a brilliant film.
Rotary clubs across the world are inviting people to join in and celebrate the work done so far to eradicate polio.
At the moment, there are still a few cases in the world, including three in Pakistan and 10 in Afghanistan.
Polio is spread by poor sanitation, infected water supplies and by direct contact.
Polio was terrifying reality for British parents in the 1950s and as a result every child was vaccinated.
The UK has thankfully been polio-free since 1982.
Most of the world is now polio-free, but work still needs to be done to totally erradicate the disease.
Working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, money raised by Rotary Clubs across the world is matched, so that every £1 donated becomes £3.
The film, Breathe, will be shown at Greenbank High School, in Hillside, on Friday, October 26.
It is a true story and tells of a man in England who contracted polio and became completely paralysed and needed help with his breathing.
It shows how he fought to live and adapt to a more normal life and broke free from an institution and helped organisations and people who lived in an Iron Lung environment to change their lives for the better.
He travelled all over the world to help others live a much-improved life.
It is a touching and incredibly graphic film of how debilitating and life-threatening polio can be. Tickets cost just £5. The bar will be open and ice cream and popcorn will be on sale, as well as a raffle.
Tickets can be purchased from Peter Birtwistle, of Southport Rotary Club, on 07789 752 466; Moira Ralph, of Southport Sunrise Rotary Club, on 07531 919 942 and Lisa Carlin-Whittle, of Southport Meols, on 07581 246 272.
We hope you will join us.
FORMBY Squirrels’ next event
President Ruth Swift and the members of Formby Squirrels would like to invite you to their Annual Wine Tasting on November 24, at 7pm, at Formby Luncheon Club.
Wine will be available from various retailers which has been carefully selected by Formby Squirrels to compplement courses of your Christmas dinner.
Tickets for the event cost £15 and include not only wine but a cheeseboard to enjoy.
Tickets can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Angela on 07706 017 221.
The story of Breathe is a highly emotional account of how a man in England coped with life, once he had contracted polio
Invitation – the wine tasting event hosted by Formby Squirrels Rotary Club on November 24