World Polio Day

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Canterbury Cathedral went purple for polio on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

When children are immunized against poliomyelitis a little finger is dipped in purple ink. This colour has now been carried worldwide as a symbol of the battle to finally eradicate polio. Rotary in the South East asked the Dean & Chapter of Canterbury for their support and were delighted that such an iconic place embraced this worldwide gesture.

Though polio may seem distant in this country there are still around 100,000 people here being treated for post polio syndrome from the epidemics of the 1950s and 60s.

“We are so very close.” said Rotary District Governor Carol Vizzard. “There are just three countries now where polio has been found and only 11 cases so far this year. But to end polio there are still millions of children being vaccinated. Rotary has been for 30 years and still is at the forefront of this battle.”

The Corona of the Cathedral went purple from 6.30pm to 7.00pm on Tuesday 24 October.