Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 24, 2018
Over 30 years ago, Rotary International made a promise to children of the world to eradicate polio for good. This World Polio Day, members of the Rotary Club of Tortola took to the streets a purple pinkie fundraiser to raise funds for this dreaded disease.
 
Polio has killed millions of persons and disabled millions too.  Already polio was paralyzing more than 1,000 children worldwide when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began in 1988.
 
Our Club members were positioned in three different places today painting patrons pinkies in the color purple and collecting monetary donations to continue the fight to eradicate polio.  At the Tortola Pier Park, patrons consisted of tourists and residents while the children at our adopted school, the Joyce Samuel Primary School were also getting their pinkies painted purple in the morning hour.  By midday, Rotarians were positioned by the entrance of the Riteway Supermarket  collecting donations and painting pinkies in purple also.
 
The Club collected a total of $700 for World Polio Day.  More on ending polio at the Club’s lunch meeting tomorrow, 25th October 2018.