Wensleydale Rotary Club turns buildings purple for campaign to end polio

Wensleydale Rotary Club has marked World Polio Day by lighting two of the area’s landmark buildings with the signature purple colour of the campaign to end polio.

Chris and Anne Wheatley, John Morton and president Ray Wilkinson are pictured outside Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, and also coloured purple is Bolton Castle.

This is part of Wensleydale Rotary’s efforts to contribute both to the local community and to worldwide humanitarian causes.

Rotary International has contributed to the eradication of Polio from the face of the earth by immunizing all of the world’s children.

This project, called PolioPlus, is Rotary’s most ambitious project to date.

Since the launch of the project in the 1980’s Rotary and its many partners in the project have achieved a 99.9% reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.

Over £700m has been directed at the project through Rotarian fund raising efforts and matching grants.