World Polio Day 2017 – Best of Social Media

World Polio Day 2017 – Best of Social Media

To mark World Polio Day, millions of Rotarians, campaigners, vaccinators, supporters and volunteers came together to celebrate.

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.

Planting in the park

Closer to home, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland marked our success to date with an exciting event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

We were joined by polio Ambassadors Ade Adepitan, Konnie Huq and Julia Roberts and waves of volunteers to plant 50,000 crocus bulbs which will bring a splash of purple to the park next spring.

As well as an insightful Q&A with polio survivors Ade and Julia, the day came to a close by illuminating the park’s fountains in purple light.

A breath of fresh air

An inspirational true story of polio, paralysis and love without limits is hitting the big screens this month.

Breathe follows the story of Robin Cavendish, who was struck down with the disease in the 1950s. The cast and crew, including stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, as well as Director Andy Serkis and Producer Jonathan Cavendish, all shared messages of support for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

Garfield also acknowledged Rotary is “doing great things” during an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

Shooting hoops

A number of MPs donned their Rotary End Polio Now jerseys in a special, one off wheelchair basketball game with Ade Adepetan along with Global Citizen and One Last Push.

Politicians also took to social media to praise the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in working to reduce cases of polio worldwide by 99.9%.

Celebrity polio ambassadors and supporters

Thanks to a number of celebrity ambassadors and supports, Rotary and our partners have been able to spread the message of polio eradication around the world.

Perfect partners

Of course, Rotary could not have achieved what it has without the support and collaboration with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – UNICEF, World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation