Chipping Sodbury Town hall will be lit up over half term thanks to the Rotary Club.

To mark World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24 and Rotary International's contribution to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury will be illuminating the Town Hall with purple light, the colour long associated with the Rotary initiative 'End Polio Now.'

Posters to explain the devastating impact polio has had on many thousands of children, the sustained efforts to wipe out wild polio and the major contributory effort made by Rotary clubs around the world, are on display inthe High Street. 

During the 1980s wild polio was endemic in 125 countries, claiming the lives of 35,000 children a year, in 2020, cases of wild polio exist in only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Club President, Stuart Fraser, said: “In these difficult times for us all, it is heartening to be able mark World Polio Day with such encouraging news from the World Health Organisation.

“The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury is proud to have played its part over the years by giving talks to children at our local schools and for the funds raised to support this major worldwide initiative.”