Community News: KINGSWOOD ROTARY
WILD Polio, the dreadful disease which particularly devastates the lives of children, has now been eradicated in Africa the World Health Organisation announced last month.
Kingswood Rotary Club has been actively committed to the worldwide campaign to eliminate polio since it was launched in the 1980s. Rotary clubs across the world joined forces with the Gates Foundation programme in 1987 on the End Polio Now campaign.
Kingswood Rotary Club has run events and collection days to raise funds and awareness in support of the vaccination and education programme. Readers may recall the Swimming Challenge at Kingswood sports centre and the grand Mile of Pennies fundraiser ending up at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway.
As an annual springtime reminder, Kingswood Rotarians planted crocuses - the emblem of the End Polio Now - outside Kings Chase Shopping Centre and in Hanham.
There are still a few polio cases in just two countries in the world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, so the campaign continues to ensure that this crippling and killing disease is finally defeated.