World Polio Day Activities 2020 – The Best of Social Media

World Polio Day Activities 2020 – The Best of Social Media

To mark World Polio Day, millions of Rotary members, campaigners, vaccinators, supporters and volunteers came together to support and raise awareness of the End Polio Now campaign, and made quite an impact on social media.

For over 30 years, Rotary has been at the forefront of the End Polio Now campaign, to eradicate polio from the globe. With the help of countless volunteers and organisations we are so close to completing our mission.

This World Polio Day Rotary members, campaigners, vaccinator’s supporters, and volunteers from all over the globe came together with many sharing their support on social media.


World Polio Day 2020 Global Update

Rotary International presented a global update of the progress made to eradicate polio. Every year on 24 October, World Polio Day presents a global opportunity to rally around the fight to eradicate the disease forever. This year’s theme is “A win against polio is a win for global health.”


Rotary’s Gift to the World – Our Polio Story

Rotary Great Britain & Ireland were joined by TV Presenter and author Konnie Huq and Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike MBE to host an evening of celebrating the polio journey we have been on so far.

Guests live on the night include film producer Jonathan Cavendish, who created the polio movie “Breathe” and Michel Zaffran, the Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organisation.   Jonathan will be joined by his mother Diana, who together with her husband and polio survivor Robin, did so much for people with disability over many years.


Rotary Ambassadors show their support

Ade Adepitan, Rotary Ambassador, and polio survivor is joined by a few familiar faces to encourage the continued support of the End Polio Now campaign with the message ‘WE CAN’T DROP THE BALL’.


Hear from the organisations which make up the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a partnership between Rotary along with 5 other organisations to work together and end polio. The progress made towards ending polio is a collaborative effort, working together to achieve the end goal.


UNICEF shine a lot of the health workers and the challenges they endure in order to protect children from polio.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation share how polio workers are also contributing to the fight against COVID-19.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization share the history of polio, showing how far we have come in our mission to eradicate the disease for good.



CDC highlight how the polio infrastructure has been essential to ending polio, but also in supporting COVID-19 responses.


World Health Organization – African Region

After Africa was certified wild polio-virus free earlier, the WHO African Region mark World Polio Day with a message from Dr Matshidiso Moeti.






Rotary Members continue their fundraising efforts

Around the world, Rotary members found ways to continue their fundraising efforts for End Polio Now. In the UK Manoj Joshi has raised over £3,000 and counting for shaving off his iconic moustache all in the name of End Polio Now.


Lighting the towns purple

To mark World Polio Day, Rotary clubs lit up iconic buildings in their communities to celebrate. Here are a few examples from Great Britain & Ireland.


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Planting Purple

Rotary clubs plant millions of purple crocus corms to raise awareness for efforts to end polio, ready for them to bloom in spring.


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