Winchester Rotary teams up with national charity for Polio awareness drive (From Hampshire Chronicle)
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Winchester Rotary teams up with national charity for Polio awareness drive
3:07pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
WINCHESTER Rotary has teamed up with a national charity to launch a Polio awareness campaign.
The club is working with The British Polio Fellowship to stage the first annual Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day in the city on Saturday, October 26.
The debilitating condition affects around 120,000 people in the UK and members will be handing out purple crocuses, the emblem of the vaccination campaign, in exchange for donations.
It is part of a wider End Polio Now campaign run by Rotary International to eradicate the disease globally.
Gill Russell, Winchester Rotary's president-elect and Polio survivor, said: “I contracted polio in 1954, at the age of two, just around the time that the vaccination programme took off. I was fortunate in some ways, as the disease only affected one side of my body.
“But I lost the use of my left arm and underwent corrective surgery on my left leg several times during my childhood. As recently as 2009, I had further surgery to save my collapsing left ankle - a indication of the effects of the damage the disease causes even in later life.
“It is vital that we not only eliminate polio, but also ensure that those who have contracted it continue to be helped.”
Nick Bell, Winchester Rotary president, added: “We have raised considerable amounts for End Polio Now, and are grateful to the generosity of the city's visitors and residents who have shown an interest in polio eradication.”
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