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Raising funds to end polio

ON a cold, wet day in September, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne braved the inclement weather to serve sausages to the public at Bunnings in Mornington.

The club’s fundraising activities contribute to projects that benefit the local and global community and it will be holding another barbecue at Bunnings in October.

In recognition of End Polio Day on 24 October, the club will be donating all the proceeds of that barbecue to Rotary’s PolioPlus program as part of the campaign to eradicate polio.

Rotary Club of Lindisfarne president Mike Patten said PolioPlus, established by Rotary International in 1985, had been a substantial contributor to the global campaign to eradicate polio.

“Work done by the global community, including Rotary, has been enormously successful in reducing the incidence of polio,” he said.

“Wild poliovirus has been confined to only two countries now – Afghanistan and Pakistan – so we are at a point where we can realistically envisage a future without polio.

“But there is no room for complacency, and Rotary clubs like ours around the world are still doing what they can to support the cause.”

Members of the public who want to support the campaign to end polio can visit the Rotary barbecue tent at Bunnings in Mornington on Sunday 20 October, buy a sausage or hamburger, or just make a donation.

To learn more about the campaign to end polio, members of the public can watch Rotary’s virtual reality film “Two Drops of Patience”, available at www.rotary.org/en/virtual-reality.

The film can be viewed by downloading Rotary’s VR app to your Apple or Android device.

Gatherings will also be held around Australia on the evening of 24 October to watch the World Polio Day Online Global Update.

You can RSVP for the update by visiting www.facebook.com/events/457685488111992.

Caption: Selling sausages and hamburgers at Bunnings are Rotary Club of Lindisfarne volunteers, from left, Daniel Hulme, Chris Woodward, Margaret Congram and Ted Kulinski.