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The Oban Times - - DISTRICT NEWS -

McCaig’s Tower is light­ing up for

World Po­lio Day on Wed­nes­day

Oc­to­ber 24.

The Oban land­mark will be bathed in pur­ple to show sup­port from the town’s ro­tary club.

The Ro­tary Club of Oban is join­ing thou­sands of other Ro­tary clubs around the world to stage Pur­ple4Po­lio events to raise aware­ness and do­na­tions for their End Po­lio Now and For­ever cam­paign.

The colour pur­ple rep­re­sents the dye placed on a child’s fin­ger to show they have been im­mu­nised against the dis­ease in po­lio-en­demic coun­tries in­clud­ing Afghanistan and Nige­ria. It makes it eas­ier to see who has been pro­tected and who has not. Since Ro­tary and its part­ners launched the Global Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive more than 30 years ago, cases of po­lio have plum­meted from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 coun­tries to just 22 in­ci­dences in 2017.

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