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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.

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Survivors mark 60 years since Belfast polio outbreak

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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

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Rotary fulfills Interact #iwill pledge for youth social action

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Nov
06

New lease of life for Rotary Service

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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 RNLI silver medal and the Maud Smith Award for outstanding and bravery and seamanship after saving three men from the stricken vessel, while her six volunteer crew received RNLI bronze medals.

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New lease of life for Rotary Service

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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 built-in respirator.

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Polio story Breathe in cinemas now – Jonathan Cavendish Q&A

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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

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Scottish Parliament celebrates World Polio Day

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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 year came live from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HQ in Seattle, with over 100,000 people around the world tuning in.

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World Polio Day 2017 – Best of Social Media

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In 2017, we are closer than ever to eradicating polio for good.

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Meet the people on the front line of polio eradication

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Paralympian and polio survivor Ade Adepitan , TV presenters Konnie Huq and Julia Roberts , also a polio survivor, are joining members of the public and Rotarians for a mass planting of 50,000 purple crocuses at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Paralympian Ade Joins Rotary’s World Polio Day Celebrations At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Oct
19

A sensational sporting summer

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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 round tennis player Alfie Hewett by helping to fund an off-court wheelchair for the 19-year-old.

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A sensational sporting summer

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More than half a million Rohingya people are facing fresh perils living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where the coming cyclone season threatens to wash away their flimsy plastic shelters. Rotarian Liz Odell is currently working in Bangladesh as a response volunteer with the charity ShelterBox. “Conditions are dire, with most people living in small shelters made of flimsy black plastic sheeting and bamboo poles,” reports Liz, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire

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Rotarians and ShelterBox on the ground following Rohingya crisis

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