Kintore goes purple for End Polio Day

You may have noticed that Kintore Church and Kintore Town House are illuminated in purple each night at the moment.

Kintore Town House purple
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Why is Kintore Church and Town House illuminated in purple each night?

Rotary International is the biggest voluntary Service organisation in the world, with over 1.2 million members in 35,000 Rotary Clubs, in over 200 countries.

The Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay and District is one of those Clubs!

  • The disease Poliomyelitis (known as Polio) was once rife in the UK. It results in distorted limbs and iconic images of victims using leg calipers for mobility. It severely and permanently affects lives.
  • There is no cure, but immunisation prevents new cases. Linked with drinking contaminated water, it typically attacks the nervous system, leading to paralysis and it most commonly affects children under 5.

Photo courtesy of Paul Douglas –

  • By 1985, thousands of new cases were being reported worldwide annually and Rotary International began the ambitious job of eradicating it from the world
  • Rotary’s partners include WHO (the World Health Organisation), UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft) and Governments around the world.
  • 2.5 billion children have now been immunised, in 122 countries and it is a quick, simple and painless process, with drops of vaccine given orally.
  • With no new cases reported in the UK or Europe for decades, little attention is given to Polio and to quote Bill Gates “The world’s progress on fighting Polio might be one of the best kept secrets in global health”
  • A country must have a three-year period with no new cases before it can be declared Polio free. Through the effective immunisation programme led by Rotary, the entire continent of Africa has achieved that status, which in itself is a major success story.

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where Polio is still prevalent, but only in small pockets and in areas not easily accessed. Rotary and its partners are therefore close to achieving their aim of defeating this horrific disease.
  • Medical experts say it must be totally / globally eradicated or will steadily re-emerge.
  • A feature of the campaign has been the colour purple
  • Those immunised have a pinkie on one hand coloured purple, to identify having received the vaccine and to raise awareness, the colour purple has been dominant in the promotion of this initiative, with the phrase ‘Purple Pinkie’ commonly used.
  • ‘Purple Pinkie’ Day, otherwise known as World Polio Day is on 24 October each year. That is the reason for the purple lighting of the Church and Town House, which will be a feature over the next few weeks and covering that date.

How can you help? Log onto the ‘End Polio Now’ website. You will learn more and find means of donating for this very worthwhile cause.
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