Rotary celebrates World Polio Day 2022

Rotary celebrates World Polio Day 2022

Monday 24th October was the day we celebrated World Polio Day together will Rotary across the globe. Join us as we continue to spread awareness of the global mission of eradicating the debilitating poliovirus.

Every year World Polio Day provides an opportunity for everyone involved with polio eradication to focus on the global efforts towards a polio-free world.

Rotary across the globe has been at the forefront of the initiative since the pioneering campaign to fully eradicate polio was launched in 1985. This led to the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, where Rotary joined with other organisations to drastically increasing the impact.

Polio, also known as Poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of five, in some cases permanently paralysing the patient.

There is no cure for the virus, however, there is a highly effective vaccine, which, with the help of Rotary has saved millions of lives worldwide.

Once a child is vaccinated they have their pinky finger marked with purple ink, which is why the colour purple is used to light up buildings as well as the purple flower corms planted.

Rotary members together with their communities celebrated the special day in a variety of ways.

From lighting buildings up in a purple hue to planting crocus corms in their local gardens, some walked a mile and others had more creative ways to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

Rotary End Polio Now Ambassador Anne Wafula Strike celebrated the day amongst her local community with a polio parade.


Rotary International’s World Polio Day 2022 Global Update

The programme focuses on zero-dose children, member projects, and the importance of female healthcare workers.


In conversation with End Polio Now Coordinators Keith Paver and Derek Rothwell

Learn more about Rotary’s pledge to eradicate the world of polio from End Polio Now Coordinators Keith Paver and Derek Rothwell.


Planting crocus bulbs

Rotary Club of Kettering Huxloe, Northamptonshire, have planted 4,000 crocus bulbs for World Polio Day at the Kettering Park Hotel & Spa.


Purple4Polio light up

Rutland Rotary Club, East Midlands, has bought hundreds of Crocus Corms to support Purple4Polio to raise funds to continue the fight against this disease.

The corms will be planted at the Greetham Golf Club and in the town of Oakham. The local church also glowed purple for the night.

The Peterborough Ortons Rotary lit up the city’s historic Guildhall built in 1671 in Purple to mark World Polio Day.

Peterborough Guildhall lit up by Peterborough Ortons. The building is the city’s historic hall built in 1671.







Rotary in Gravesham with Ebbsfleet in Kent has once again lit the Gravesend’s clock tower in a purple hue.

The event was even more significant this year due to the discoveries of polio in the London sewers earlier this year.

Rotary in the NorthEast also lit up landmarks around Sunderland in purple.


Other Events

Cockermouth Rotary Club, in Cumbria, has raised well over £500 to date for End Polio Now.

The club also organised a ‘Walk a Mile for Polio’ which was hosted on Sunday the 23rd and involved about 20 people from the local community.

Rotarians together with some non-members completing the sponsored Walk A Mile event.

Sheffield Rotarians and their families also joined in on World Polio Day and organised a sponsored walk which took place crossing Millhouses Park and through the Ecclesall Woods.


Across the world

Rotary clubs around the globe have joined in celebrations of the annual event spreading global awareness.