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Lunesdale Show

Wednesday 10th Aug 2016

Lunesdale Show

  Supporting the Lunesdale Show.
As always the club was pleased to be at the Lunesdale Agricultural Show on Tuesday to meet with old friends and to make new ones. The club actively supports the international campaign begun in 1985 to eradicate from the world the crippling and highly infectious disease of Polio which mainly affects young children. It was rife in the 1940s and 50s until a vaccine was developed in America. The iron lung, pictured and kindly on loan from the Rotary Club of Eden, is a mechanical ventilator which was used to maintain breathing following paralysis. In 1985 more than 350,000 children in 125 countries were paralysed every year by this deadly disease. Over the past 30 years Rotary International has contributed over £600, 000, 000 to the World Health Organisation Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In 2015 there were just 74 cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However the campaign cannot end until there are no more children or adults affected.
The Rotary stand at the show attracted lots of visitors. They learned that for every £1 donated the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match it with £2 more. For many it brought back reminders of when the vaccine was administered on a cube of sugar! Today we are the lucky ones who have been fortunate to have this preventative treatment.

 

 

 

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