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Grantham church lit up in purple for polio campaign

St Wulfram’s Church has been lit up in purple this week in honour of World Polio Day.

The Grantham Rotary Sunrise Club of Grantham, with permission from Father Stuart, joined thousands of other Rotary clubs around the world in supporting World Polio Day 2019 (tomorrow) by bathing the church in purple light, the colour of the dye placed on a child’s finger to show they have been immunised against the disease.

It also formed part of the rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign, which provides communities with ideas and opportunities to get involved in ridding the world of polio.

The church has been lit up in purple. (19885712)
The church has been lit up in purple. (19885712)

A group of sunrise rotarians gathered at the church on Monday for the big switch on as the church flood lights were replaced with purple filters.

President of Grantham Sunrise Rotary, Deborah Wylie is keen to raise further awareness. She said: “Over the last 30 years, Rotary International has donated US$1.8 billion to the eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes.

“Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988.”

Past president Lez Jones added: “The intention of Rotary International is to completely eradicate polio from the world in the next decade and Rotary have gone a long way in raising finances to make this feasible.”

Since 1985, Rotary International has been raising funds to help eradicate polio. Polio, short for poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. In about 0.5 percent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move.

Three decades ago the polio virus paralysed around 1,000 children every day, and in 1988 there were 350,000 known polio cases across 125 countries.

Sunrise members will be at Dowtown and Boundary Millson Saturday to raise funds to support Rotary’s End Polio campaign.

The church has been lit up in purple. (19885709)
The church has been lit up in purple. (19885709)

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