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Generous shoppers join fight against polio

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Past President Channi Riyait with a family who have just donated to Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign

 

A total of £151 was donated by shoppers and passers-by to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. The money will be passed to the international campaign and will become £453 thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Since 1985 Rotary has immunised 2.5 billion children. Now polio is endemic in only three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

“We are so close to eradicating polio,” says Channi Riyait, who is the Foundation Officer for the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. “Unfortunately, a lot of people think that because we have kicked polio out of India, Rotary has completed its mission. Sadly, we still have a lot to do. But the generosity of the people of Leicester, coupled with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, help us get that much closer. We are very grateful to them.”

 

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Click here to see how close Rotary and other agencies have got to ridding the world of this dreadful disease.

If you want to help the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus combat polio, please get in touch. 

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Channi Riyait, the organiser of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus End Polio Now collection, with Pradeep Popat, outside Pradeep's Mirch Masala restaurant, where the collection was held

Channi Riyait, the organiser of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus End Polio Now collection, with Pradeep Popat, outside Pradeep’s Mirch Masala restaurant, where the collection was held

Rotary collectors Jason Chauhan and Sarita Shah... and Sarita's new friend, a teddy in a Rotary vest

Rotary collectors Jason Chauhan and Sarita Shah… and Sarita’s new friend, a teddy in a Rotary vest