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Update for November 2018 

Last month was another busy and productive one with money raised for a number of charities through three well supported events. In the middle of October we held a collection for the Sulawesi disaster at the community markets of Knighton and Presteigne. The generosity of those who donated means that over £400 will go to Rotary’s efforts to aid the long term recovery of the devastated region. That weekend we also manned car parking at a local car rally event, raising money for the Breast Cancer Haven in Hereford and for the local good causes that we support. At the end of the month we supported World Polio Day by manning two stalls in Knighton, with the help of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) sufferer Betty Johnson. Betty, the widow of past Knighton Mayor Trevor Johnson, contracted polio in the 1950’s and is still suffering it’s consequences. A strong reason to “End Polio Now”! Thanks to everyone who supported our Rotary Club this month.    

  

PROMOTES WORLD POLIO DAY 

On Saturday October 27th 2018 the Knighton and District Rotary Club celebrated the progress in the fight against polio by holding a stall at the Knighton Community Market on as well as in Brookside Square in Knighton. This initiative was to support the 6th annual World Polio Day held on Wednesday October 24th. This live streamed event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, brought together everyone, including the Bill Gates Foundation, who has worked towards the eradication of polio. On our stalls we explained Rotary’s involvement in the battle against this disease in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and why it is essential to fight against this debilitating condition until the world is free of polio. We were also delighted to be joined by post-polio (PPS) sufferer Betty Johnson who we hope will come to speak to us at our Rotary Club early next year. PPS is a condition that affects a number of those people who contracted polio at a young age and causes pain and weakness in the muscles and nerves damaged by the polio virus. So the consequences of the polio virus are devastating across the world, both in the past and in the present day and supporting the eradication programme across the world is essential to ensure it never comes back. We are nearly there. Read more at www.endpolionow.org