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15/12/2017 01:23 PM
Rotary welcomes latest Purple4Polio Ambassador
Rotary is delighted to welcome film producer Jonathan Cavendish on board as a Purple4Polio Ambassador. Jonathan is the producer of Breathe, the remarkable true story of his father Robin, who, with the support of his wife Diana, refused to let contracting polio stop him from living life to the full. After bringing this inspirational film Read more >

05/12/2017 07:00 AM
Survivors mark 60 years since Belfast polio outbreak
With the number of polio cases around the world down into the teens for 2017, it is easy to forget that the disease once ravaged the United Kingdom. 1957 saw the largest outbreak of polio ever in Northern Ireland, with 297 people contracting the disease in Belfast during the year. Rotary in Ireland, along with Read more >

22/11/2017 10:26 AM
Rotary fulfills Interact #iwill pledge for youth social action
This week the #iwill campaign is celebrating its fourth year of success and Rotary has plenty to celebrate too. In February 2014, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland pledged to create 125 new Interact clubs and 300 new RotaKids clubs by 2020, helping young people to revive and rejuvenate communities. Not only has the Interact Read more >

06/11/2017 10:14 AM
New lease of life for Rotary Service
It was in treacherous seas in the English Channel back in 1987 that the lifeboat Rotary Service came into its own. Based at the RNLI lifeboat station in Dover, the 50-foot steel-hulled craft came to the rescue of a 1,500-tonne cargo vessel being battered in a hurricane. Acting Coxswain Roy Couzens was later awarded an Read more >

27/10/2017 05:00 AM
Polio story Breathe in cinemas now – Jonathan Cavendish Q&A
The inspiring true story of a polio sufferer’s fight to live life to the full is hitting cinemas today. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish who contracted the disease in Africa and undeterred by his condition, spent the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities and popularising a new wheelchair with a Read more >

26/10/2017 02:56 PM
Scottish Parliament celebrates World Polio Day
Members of the Scottish Parliament recognised World Polio Day showing their support for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease across the world. They attended a photo call immediately after First Minister’s Questions on the Garden Lobby stairs in the Parliament, donning their Rotary purple crocus buttonholes. The event was organised by Rotary International in Scotland Read more >

25/10/2017 04:24 PM
World Polio Day 2017 – Best of Social Media
To mark World Polio Day, millions of Rotarians, campaigners, vaccinators, supporters and volunteers came together to celebrate World Polio Day. Social media was absolutely buzzing around the world – here are our highlights! Rotary goes live to the world One of the highlights of World Polio Day is always Rotary’s worldwide live stream event. This Read more >

25/10/2017 08:00 AM
Paralympian Ade Joins Rotary’s World Polio Day Celebrations At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Paralympian and polio survivor Ade Adepitan, TV presenters Konnie Huq and Julia Roberts, also a polio survivor, joined members of the public and Rotarians for a mass planting of 50,000 purple crocuses at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event was organised by Rotary to mark World Polio Day on 24th October 2017. The fountains outside Read more >

24/10/2017 01:15 AM
Meet the people on the front line of polio eradication
In 2017, we are closer than ever to eradicating polio for good. So far this year, there have been just 12 cases worldwide, the lowest ever in a single year. To mark World Polio Day, we take a look at the inspiring stories of individuals on the front line in the fight against polio in Read more >

19/10/2017 11:45 AM
A sensational sporting summer
It has been a memorable few months for several of Britain’s talented stars with a Rotary link on the track, in the pool and on the tennis court. What a sensational summer of sport it has been for a proud collection of Rotary-inspired sportsmen and women. A year ago, Rotary clubs in East Anglia rallied Read more >