End Polio Concert
23rd May 2015
Huge thanks and congratulations go to everyone involved in the recent music concert held at MCPA in aid of the Rotary Club End Polio Now Crocus Campaign.
63 children took part, along with their teachers, in various different groups - strings, recorders, guitars, woodwind, orchestra, choir, and a solo piano performance. All of the children had practiced hard and their musical choices covered a wide variety of genres – from recent movie themes to 1940s to Ode to Joy (1785).
The Rotary Club were thrilled with the support from the children and from family who attended the concert and donated generously to the fund.
In all £289.63 was collected which will be trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to around £870, enough to pay for approximately 2,500 children to be vaccinated against polio.
Special thanks go to Mrs Casey who was the orchestrator of our school’s involvement in this very important campaign.
“Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunisation.”(World Health Organisation)
“In 1988, around 1,000 people every day were getting polio. It was present in over 125 countries. The Rotary Club has raised over £600 million for vaccines and more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised. Now it is less than 1 child a day getting polio and in only 3 countries.” (Polio Eradication Programme)