Dave Ashley of Belper & Duffield Rotary took his dedication to World Polio Day to the next level by getting his hair dyed purple.
Dave went for purple in honour of the purple crocus, a symbol of Rotary’s continued campaign for polio eradication alongside the World Health Organisation, as well as the purple dye used to mark the fingers of children who have been vaccinated against the virus.
Family, friends and fellow Rotarians gathered at Belpers’ Strutt Centre where Dave’s new haircut was completed in the careful hands of Ann Blurton.
So far, Dave’s new haircut and the donations he has received through his JustGiving page have raised over £700 for the End Polio Now campaign.
Dave Ashley said: “Having my hair dyed is a bit of fun but it’s very serious that we are ever closer to fulfilling Rotary’s promise in 1985 to rid the world of polio and we all need to work together to be able to cross the finishing line of total eradication.
“This final stage of ridding the World of the terrible disease of Polio is absolutely critical. I hope my purple hair gives an opportunity to talk about the fight against polio.
“Please log on to my JustGiving page and give a little if you can. Although I have a feeling my grand children will have a laugh at my new hair do!”
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.5 billion as well as countless volunteer hours towards immunising more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.