World Polio Day, 24th October 2017
To celebrate this day The Castle of Brecon Hotel was lit up in purple for the evening of Tuesday 24th October 2017.
In the reception of the Castle Hotel for the day only was the new coin shoot that will be placed in the wishing well in Bethel Square.
For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.
We are "this close" to eradicating polio
To acknowledge this achievement Brecon Rotary Club, along with Rotary clubs all over the UK asked the local community to plant crocus corms on Saturday 29th October 2016 on the Promenade by Watergate Brecon.
Rotarians were present to organise event and 5000 crocus corms were planted in less than one hour. Brecon Rotary would like to thank all those who attended and helped us achieve our goal of showing Brecon's support and commitment to Ending Polio NOW!
Members of the club were available to talk about End Polio Now and Purple4polio
Photos of the event can be seen opposite. Together with photos showing first flowering of the crocus display in spring 2017
Latest Polio Statistics 20th October 2017)
Wild Polio Virus:
There have been 12 confirmed cases of polio since January 2017, compared with 27 cases at the same time in 2016
Wild Polio Virus - 2
Wild Polio Virus - 3
No cases since 10th November 2012
Vacine Derived Polio Virus - 1
61 cases reported so far this year. There were 3 cases worldwide in the whole of 2016
Vaccine derived polio only occurs following the use of the oral vaccine, many countries are now going over to the injectable vaccine, but this has to be administered by a doctor or nurse.
The site from Brecon river bridge
The first crocus corm being planted
Some of the helpers
The first crocus display - Spring 2017 with Past President Michael Evans
Foundation - Projects - End Polio Now / Purple4polio