Thousands of kids to receive polio vaccinations globally thanks to virtual meeting of Topsham Rotary Club

A virtual meeting of Topsham Rotary Club has raised enough cash to globally vaccinate more than 1,500 children against polio.

The group’s latest meeting included a talk by End Polio Now speaker Roger Byrom, as members continued in their global quest to raise vaccination funds to eradicate the life-threatening disease.

Topsham Rotary Club raised £300, enough to vaccinate 1,500 children, which will be match-funded The Bill Gates Foundation, adding in a further £600, taking the total to £900 – funding 4,500 vaccinations.

Bruce de Saram, Topsham Rotary Club chairman, thanked all who donated to the vaccination fund through the JustGiving page.

He said: “This year it was very special zoom event as we remembered our treasurer David Hubbick, who sadly passed away this summer having suffered himself from polio in his youth.”

Mr de Saram said the group heard from speaker Roger Byrom, talking about how the Rotary Club had worked to eradicate polio globally during 2020.

Members were invited to ask questions and also took part in a virtual quiz to win a bottle of champagne.

Mr de Saram said: “Topsham Rotary Club has always put on an event to support Rotary Club International’s annual end polio appeal.

“Since Rotary started the fight against polio, Rotarians’ actions globally have reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 per cent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine by fundraising efforts and keeping awareness of polio in the minds of the global community.”

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