Get Moving to End Polio

The new Purple4Polio fundraising activity inspired by the length of the border between the remaining two polio-endemic countries.

Get Moving to End Polio with
the 1,240 Challenge!

Get Moving to End Polio is a new fundraising activity to support Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign to end polio now and forever.

The border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is ‘more than 1,240 miles’, so we have focused the figure around our latest campaign.

The idea is simple. Host an event incorporating the number 1,240 whilst raising funds to eradicate polio.

You could sell more than 1,240 scoops of Purple4Polio ice cream at your event, aim for 1,240 entries in a competition or paint 1,240 pinkies in purple nail varnish. The ideas are only limited by your imagination.

Decide on your event, select a date, download materials below, register your event to appear on our event map, collect donations and have fun!

Set a challenge to commence any time from World Polio Day on 24th October 2019, through to 3rd May 2020, the final day of Volunteer Expo.

Rotary celebrates its 115th anniversary on Sunday 23rd February – why not organise an event on Rotary Day?

For members of the public looking to get involved, we have created a simple set of planning ideas.

For Rotary members looking for a bit more detail, please download our Rotary Club Briefing document.

Materials and Resources

To bring your event to life, we have created a number of electronic resources for you to print locally.

Additional resources are available for Rotary members, including press release templates, by signing in to your My Rotary account.

Making donations

Each potentially polio vaccination costs around 20p, so your donations can literally save lives and be part of making history.

Every donation to Rotary will be trebled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so every £1 will become £3.

There are two ways you can donate. Either send your donations via our official Virgin Money Giving page or you can complete our contribution form. Also check out our guide on how to create your own Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

If you are a doing a sponsored activity, please download the Sponsorship Form.

Why polio?

Until polio is totally eradicated, every child is at risk of this highly infectious, potentially life-threatening and paralysing disease.

There is no cure for polio but there is a safe and effective vaccine. We continue to give around 2 billion doses of vaccine annually to 450 million children worldwide.

If polio is not eradicated, we could see as many as 200,000 new cases across the world within 10 years.

When the world is declared polio free, it will be just the second human disease ever to be eradicated, after smallpox.

Rotary needs your help. Get involved with our Purple4Polio campaign and Get Moving to End Polio.