Scunthorpe turns purple for World Polio Day

Scunthorpe turns purple for World Polio Day

Scunthorpe turns purple for World Polio Day

Several buildings in Scunthorpe are scheduled to turn purple this weekend on Saturday 24th October for World Polio Day.

Organised by Rotary International, Polio Plus, WHO and UNICEF, World Polio Day is held annually as part of the fight against Polio.

In 1979 Rotary International began the battle, immunising 6 million children under the age of 5 in the Philippines.

Since 1985 over 2.5 Billion children worldwide have been immunised against the virus, with only 121 cases world wide as of 30th Sept 2020.

Rotary Great Britain & Ireland have now adopted the slogan ‘Purple 4 Polio’, highlighting the Campaign by wearing purple, planting purple crocuses and by asking local authorities to light up building purple on World Polio Day.

Last year at the request of Scunthorpe Pentagon Rotary Clubs, North Lincolnshire Council lit up the buildings in Church Square.

This year they will be doing the same with NLC and ONGO offices, the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre (St John’s Church) and the UTC.

It is hoped that North Lindsey College and the University Campus of North Lincolnshire will follow suit.

Various virtual events are also being held nationwide in order to fundraise for the cause.

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