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28th October 2019

Barry Rotary Club supports Purple 4 Polio Day at Barry Library

BY: Nathan Spackman

Barry Rotary Club has collected bags of plastic milk bottle tops from schools and volunteers in support of the Purple4Polio Day on Friday 25th October with a display in Barry Library on Thursday 24th.

The event also featured local businesses Jones Dairies, who have been recycling and re-using for 20 years, Awesome Wales providing the alternatives, and Vale Plus re-using.

During the day bottle top donations were made by Jane Hutt Am, Barry Town Mayor Councillor Margaret Wilkinson, Holton Road Primary School, Vale Plus and Oakfield Primary School.

Purple4Polio initiative is one launched by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds and awareness for our efforts to eradicate polio across the world and promote the work of our global campaign, End Polio Now.

When a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine.

Rotary’s pledge for a polio free world was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries and hundreds of new cases every single day. In 2017 there were only 22 cases in the entire world but as long as there is one single case anywhere children everywhere are at risk.

Vale AM Jane Hutt congratulated the Barry Rotary Club for their raising funds to fight polio when she visited their stand at Barry Library where they were joined by Valeplus and Awesome Wales displaying all their plastic free products.

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