The Rotary Club of Ely is marking historic progress towards a polio-free world by lighting up Ely Cathedral’s Octagon purple and urging communities to support the battle to end the paralysing disease. The event is among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – 24th October, 2017. It is also in memory of Sam Owori, Rotary International President- Elect who died earlier this year.
Rotarians everywhere are highlighting World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
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.
The Rotary Club of Ely will also be giving purple crocus corms to local schools to plant to highlight the campaign.
Photograph: James Billings
Please send donations to: Rotary Club of Ely Benevolent Fund quoting PFP(Purple4Polio)to: Account number 29019168 . Sort code:52-41-19