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Members of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club use purple to combat polio
People wore purple clothes and ate purple cakes to combat polio.
Rotary International and the World Health Organisation run a vaccination programme to eradicate polio, marking children with purple dye to show whether they have received their dose.
Every year, Rotarians wear purple to raise awareness of the disease, and members of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club did their bit on Purple Clothes Day on Friday to join in the fight.
Rotarian Sasha Capocci is well known in the town for her and decided to use purple to support fund raising for the effort to finish the task of eradicating polio.
She made purple cup cakes, which she sold at the Visually Impaired Club in Maxwell Park Community Centre, raising £40.
President of the Rotary Club Cynthia Barker donned purple at the Conference of the London District of Rotary International in Britain and Ireland in Eastbourne over the weekend.
Bill and Melinda Gates have been heavily involved in the polio eradication programme and for every £100 raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will add £200.
The Rotary Club will also be working to ensure polio awareness carries on beyond one day by planting a display of purple crocuses ready for next spring.
Previously the club has donated 20,000 bulbs to local schools.
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