NOTE AS OF 16 MARCH 2010: This page is here for purposes of record / archive... So, some of the links may well not work.

Rotary Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland
'Thanks for Life' Rotary Day, 23 Feb 2010

[There may be events during the week around that date,
depending on the plans by local Rotary Clubs] 

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Over 55,000 Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland are to mark ‘Thanks for Life – Rotary Day’ on 23 Feb 2010. Rotary has helped save lives in partnership with other International agencies like UNICEF, WHO and Bill Gates/Melinda Foundation. Rotary Day this year is to make you aware of the work that has been done so far in eradicating Polio. Two billion children have been protected from the disease. Over the years, Rotary's contribution has been $800m. Current challenge is to raise $200m to match Bill Gates Challenge offer of $355m.

The number of endemic countries has fallen from 125 to just four: Afghanistan, northern India, Nigeria and Pakistan. We need to conquer the 'Final Inch' in these four remaining countries to get rid of the dreaded Polio from the world.

The vaccine to stop it is there ... just two drops through the mouth for children under the age of five. Can you imagine - just £1 can help save five lives? Thanks to the Gates Foundation, each £1 donated to your Rotary Club is worth £2.78 which will pay for 5 children to be immunised ... more if gift aided.

This website contains information about Polio, how it can affect people, how it has been brought under control in many countries and the challenges facing health workers in some big countries like India.

Please note that after seeing each link, you need to close that window so that you can come back to this page easily. 

 A quick view - what is it all about?

A simple Slide show


The big picture ...including an extract from Bill Gates 
A 2.5 minutes video on YouTube:



A fact sheet...
(page 1, page 2)

Some statistics on countries affected ..Improvement over the years

A poster...
A4 size
A5 size, smaller


A film...
There is an Academy Award nominated superb Documentary called 'The Final Inch'. There are seven short trailers . The main trailer is on the top right hand corner of that page... 2.5 minutes.

Full film (38 minutes) - to watch with family at home. You can see the largest non-military army in history fighting to win its final battle.


What to do next, if you want more information?

1. As an organisation, you can liaise with a representative from your local Rotary Club. They can arrange to give you more information.

2. If you are not sure as to whom to contact, please get in touch with one of the following - with details of your business name, address, postal code and tel number. A Rotarian from the nearest appropriate Club will get in touch with you.

a. Rotarian Guru Guruswamy of Rotary Club of Great Missenden

b. Rotarian Stephen Sypula of Rotary District 1260

Some fun ways to raise awareness and money:

Dress down to 'purple*' colour or wear something 'purple' ...  shirt, tie, cap, scarf or nail varnish etc. on the day and donate what you can.

* Reason for the 'purple' colour: It is the colour of the ink used to identify each child that has been given the Polio vaccine.

If you wish to donate ... remembering that just £1 can save lives of five children:

1. Please put your donation in your local Rotary Club collection box, if there is one. 

2. OR You can donate directly, on line, via a 'Just Giving' account (Rotary Club of Great Missenden Trust Fund Account). Tax payers will be able to GiftAid it as well, enhancing the value of your contribution.

For any comments or queries concerning this site, please contact:

1. Guru Guruswamy of Great Missenden Rotary Club, Dist 1260,
2. Rotarian Stephen Sypula of Rotary District 1260, International Chairman

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