Focusing on End Polio Now campaign after Worthing Carnival

Highdown Rotary members clearing up after the carnival
Highdown Rotary members clearing up after the carnival

It was great to see so many local people come out for Bank Holiday Monday after the wash-out on the Sunday.

Very many thanks to everyone who joined in the parade, or came along to watch or enjoyed the events, the dog show, the food, the circus and music on Steyne Gardens.

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Rotary marshals were about throughout the day and at the close of the carnival, to make sure everyone got away safely and that we left the site in a good state.

Our club members, under our new name, Highdown Rotary, were there as the clear-up squad. We like to be clean and tidy. After a very busy day, they had a little bit more to do.

It was good practice for our club’s next project: to celebrate (permissions allowing) the Rotary’s End Polio Now Day on Wednesday, October 24, by planting purple crocus bulbs at Rotary Field, on the A27 near Grove Lodge Roundabout, and clearing up the special piece of woodland there that the three Rotary clubs in Worthing planted out a few years ago.

Purple is the symbol colour for the End Polio Now campaign, and crocuses always look great in early spring. So something to look forward to.

Most people will have heard about polio. It is a virus spread from person to person, typically through contaminated water.

It does not occur so often in the UK, but more often in poor countries. It is a highly infectious disease which most commonly affects children under the age of five. The virus can attack the nervous system and, in some instances, lead to paralysis.

There is no cure, but there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunise more than 2.5 billion children worldwide. Quite a task.

Planting crocus bulbs is one of many ways Rotary around the country will be focusing awareness on this disease.

There is more information on www.endpolio.org.

If you want to help with this project, please contact us on the number below.

If you have another project in mind, please let us know. Perhaps we can join up together and set things moving.

Our plans for projects for this autumn include a Hallowe’en event and then, with only a couple of months to go, we will be getting ready for our Christmas collections around the area.

We have written to Father Christmas to ask him to come along too. More news next time.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 07788 638757.

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

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