Ro­tary Round-up

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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 squir­rels­ 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

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