Rotarians get a little saucy!

Rotarians get started on their bottle-baton relay race.

Rotarians get started on their bottle-baton relay race.

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ROTARIANS in Grantham have joined a ‘saucy’ campaign which aims to bring an end to polio, a disease of the nervous system.

Members of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven have launched an Olympics-inspired bottle-baton race in the hope of raising £2,012 for the campaign by June 30, 2012.

They will pass on 10 bottles of tomato ketchup, with each recipient donating £1 and passing it on within 24 hours.

Rotarian Arthur Ambrose said: “We hope that batons will travel far and wide to spread the message and raise awareness of this important cause. One baton is already destined for New Zealand.”

Rotarians decided on the novel idea when asked by Rotary International to include the ketchup bottles in their fund-raising.

Manufacturer Wilkins & Sons donated 50,000 specially labelled bottles to the organisation, which suggested individual clubs use them during social events and fill up with change when empty.

But Grantham Rotarians decided to spice it up a bit.

They are keeping a ‘Roll of Honour’ to log the bottles’ progress.

Rotary club president Marion Strange said: “I think that our ketchup campaign is very exciting and will hopefully capture the imagination of those who offer to carry the baton for the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven. It will take the End Polio Now message round the country - and even the world.”