Great sup­port for Ro­tary soup and sand­wich lunch

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE RO­TARY Club of Lochaber con­tin­ued its ef­forts to eradicate po­lio by hold­ing a spe­cial lunch last week.

The gen­er­ous Lochaber pub­lic, and a big turnout of vis­i­tors to Fort Wil­liam, helped raise sev­eral hun­dred pounds at a soup and sand­wich lunch on Satur­day May 13 in Dun­cans­burgh Church Hall.

Po­lio is a crip­pling and po­ten­tially fa­tal in­fec­tious dis­ease. The Ro­tary po­lio cam­paign dates back to 1985 when Ro­tar­i­ans promised to the moth­ers of the world that po­lio would be erad­i­cated and their chil­dren would no longer suf­fer from the dis­ease.

The Lochaber branch says this prom­ise is on the brink of be­ing ful­filled, with just 37 po­lio cases in three coun­tries in 2016 and that there are real hopes 2017 will see the last case.

Last Satur­day, the soup and sand­wiches were com­ple­mented by tea, cof­fee and short­bread.

Club mem­bers pro­duced a range of home made soups in­clud­ing sweet potato and parsnip, tomato and lentil and cream of cel­ery, fol­lowed by plat­ters of freshly pre­pared sand­wiches.

Club pres­i­dent Paula Ross said she was de­lighted by the pub­lic sup­port and added: ‘At one stage there was hardly an empty ta­ble. End­ing po­lio is just one of the hun­dreds of ini­tia­tives Ro­tary is in­volved in to make a dif­fer­ence to com­mu­ni­ties at home and abroad.’

Lochaber Ro­tary con­tin­ued its ef­forts to eradicate po­lio by hold­ing a soup and sand­wich lunch.

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