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.”