In 1985, Rotary made a pledge to eradicate polio. Since then, together with partner health agencies, Rotary has brought down the number of cases by 99%, with the result that polio is on the brink of being only the second disease ever to be completely eradicated. There are now only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria - and in these countries there remains only a handful of cases.
Polio is a crippling disease that can lead to limbs of the victim becoming limp and disfigured and, in some cases, can cause paralysis and even death. Luckily, with a simple immunisation, children can be completely protected from this debilitating and potentially fatal disease.
Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have donated more than £19 million to polio eradication initiatives.
Rotary members worldwide have so far raised £570 million and every penny raised goes to the project. Rotarians all work on a purely voluntary basis so funds are not drained away in administration costs.
As a follow on from the "End Polio Now" campaign which Rotary International started in 1985 with other health agencies Oban Rotary Co-Ordinator Walter Burton is seen here accepting a cheque for £750 from President Graham Fraser towards the continuing campaign. The £750 was raised locally in Oban which included the sale of "polio Jam" with Rotarians Ronnie Forbes and Derek Connery also in the picture holding the jars aloft.