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Evening Meeting With Amanda Mckean, Director Canterbury Festival

30th April 2024
Venue: Cricket Ground

Evening meeting with Amanda McKean, Director, Canterbury Festival.
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Lunchtime Meeting Agm & May Business Meeting

7th May 2024
Venue: Cricket Ground
Lunchtime meeting 12.30pm for 1pm meal Annual General Meeting to be followed by the May Business Meeting.
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World Polio Day – a donation and a reminder!

As World Polio Day approaches (25th October) we’d like to remind you of the extraordinary effort around the world to eradicate polio, prompt you to take a look at our recipe e-book and tell you about our efforts and a donation to the cause.

Polio has existed since prehistoric times; by the mid-20th century, the poliovirus could be found all over the world and killed or paralysed over half a million people every year (1). It’s stated that 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio every year before 1988 (2). But, thanks to global efforts – including that of Rotary – in massive vaccination programmes, only two countries remain endemic with wild polio in 2023. 

The End Polio site (3) currently states that “the eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won’t stop until we end the disease for good.”

As it’s done for the past few years, our club will be teaming up with the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise and other Rotarians to light up St Dunstan’s Church in purple to raise awareness of this amazing work. We also hope to support Sunrise’s fundraising effort made in conjunction with The Monument in Canterbury to raise funds to support the eradication endeavour. (See details on their Facebook page here where you can find out how to take part).

We’d also like to remind you that you can still download our FREE recipe e-book here in case you wanted to be inspired by something purplish to mark the day – just click here for details. If you can, we’d appreciate a donation.

Our regular readers may recall that some of our members recently visited the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Unfortunately, four of those that had signed up couldn’t make it; they have kindly agreed that the money (£100) should be donated towards ending polio. That’s very good news and we’re grateful to them for their generosity. 

Picture: World Polio Day. Picture credit:

(1) History of the Polio Vaccine

(2) Make Polio History

(3) End Polio


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