Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth mark World Polio Day

The Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth has been raising money to help end polio. Secretary Tim Thomas, pr

The Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth has been raising money to help end polio. Secretary Tim Thomas, president Derek Houghton, former president Martin Keable. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

The Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth have highlighted World Polio Day.

Great Yarmouth Minster. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Minster. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

Great Yarmouth Minster was lit up purple to mark the occasion.

The Purple4Polio event has seen the church lit up during the week as part of the Rotary End Polio Now campaign.

The colour purple has been chosen as purple dye is placed on the little finger of children's left hands to show they have been immunised against polio.

Since Rotary and its partners launched a global polio eradication initiative nearly 30 years ago the number of cases has fallen from 350,000 in 125 countries to just 37 in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria this year.

President of the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth Derek Houghton said his club had been supporting the campaign for many years and the end was now in sight in ridding the world of polio.

Since 1985, internationally the Rotary has donated £1.7bn to the cause.

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