As Rotary International celebrated its 108th anniversary (Feb. 23rd) Rotarians around the world are stepping up to finish the job they began in 1988, the eradication of polio.


In 2012, 222 polio cases were reported across the world, down from the 650 cases reported in 2012.  India marked its second year without polio on January 13th.  Overall, the incidence of polio has decreased more that 99 percent since the Global Eradication Initiative was launched in 1088.  At that time polio infected about 350,000 children a year.  Now the wild poliovirus is only endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and Rotarians are determined to wipe out the scourge of this horrible disease once and for all.
On February 23rd, members of the BEL Rotary Club launched the Purple Pinkie campaign at the Foodland in Lakefield and Bowles Valu-mart in Bridgenorth.  In developing countries, the pinkie finger of children who are immunized is marked with indelible purple dye, as a way of tracking the immunization process, hence the “purple pinkie”.