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Located in the picturesque market town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, UK
A thriving and friendly Rotary Club which welcomes visitors from all over the world. We are proud of our club and the contributions Rotary makes to communities both locally and abroad by living up to it’s motto
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We are SO close - Polio cases reduced by 99.9%
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent,
from about 350,000 cases a year to just 26
confirmed as of 19th September 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985 and Market Harborough Club has been a supporter from the beginning.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, helping families in need in their own communities and working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.
Please - to help End Polio Now, Click on the logo above and help finish the fight against Polio, or you can contact your local Rotary Club, we will put you in touch.
In Market Harborough, our club has supported the campaign substantially over the years and each year you will see our purple crocuses - but why??
Children in countries all over the world get their pinkies (little fingers) dipped in purple paint to show they have been immunised with the vaccine. Historically, immunisation against Polio is given by drops into the mouth and many readers will recall the sugar lump they received as a child. The latest vaccine to treat additional strains of the virus must be given by injection, so oral vaccine will be phased out unless further research can produce an oral version. Unfortunately whereas drops can by given by non-medical volunteers, injections need medics and are more costly to produce. Immunisation must continue for all children, to maintain the world free of polio.
In the UK children are all vaccinated against polio as babies, and that keeps polio away from all of us.
Market Harborough in Bloom volunteers help Rotary by planting the purple crocus bulbs along the millennium mile opposite the memorial gardens.
The Old Grammar School
Where we are in the UK
We meet at The Waterfront Restaurant
Thank you to everyone who swam in 2018, sponsored, supported and helped in any way for making it a a fantastic weekend
At our 2018 Presentation Evening we were able to present several local good causes with awards totalling £7000!!