Shopping Centre supports Rotary Club in polio fight

Date Posted:02/05/2019

The world-wide fight against polio was recently highlighted on the streets of Yate Shopping Centre when Yate & District Rotary Club brought its Iron Lung campaign to the Centre.

The Club has been fundraising for the campaign for nearly 35 years during which time it has seen the disease eradicated from 125 endemic countries in 1985 to just two nowadays - Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Andy Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre Manager: “We have been supporting the local Rotary Club for several years now as part of our ongoing community work. Most recently we were privileged to host their Iron Lung campaign trailer so the public could learn about polio and the specialist treatment whilst donating much needed funds to the cause.”

David Picton, Publicity Officer for Yate & District Rotary Club, said: “We are lucky to have a very good working relationship with Yate Shopping Centre and its management who have regularly allowed us to put displays in vacant units to present our work and undertake fundraising activities.

"The Iron Lung campaign is one of our key activities and for every pound we raise The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives two so the people of Yate know that their contributions are being dramatically increased and are going to a very valuable cause.”

The ‘Iron Lung’ is used to treat patients suffering from polio which can effect the body’s muscles and cause breathing problems.


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