Empty Clitheroe shop helps spread Rotary Club message

Langho Guides at Ribblesdale High School, where they told pupils about Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.
Langho Guides at Ribblesdale High School, where they told pupils about Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

ROTARIANS from the Rotary Club of Clitheroe and Ribblesdale Rotary Club joined forces to stage a display in a vacant Clitheroe town centre shop.

They mounted the display at the shop in Castle Street to celebrate Rotary’s birthday and publicise Polio Plus and the work the two clubs do in the community. It was open to the public for two days.

Rotarians from the Ribblesdale Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Clitheroe manning the display at their temporary shop in Castle Street.

Rotarians from the Ribblesdale Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Clitheroe manning the display at their temporary shop in Castle Street.

Polio Plus was recently featured on BBC television and radio, making the point that efforts, including those by Rotary and the Gates foundation, have helped to completely eradicate polio in India and dramatically reduce the presence of the disease in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan, by immunising children via the “Purple Pinky” programme.

That is when children dip their finger in purple dye following immunisation, to stop them receiving the Salk vaccine twice. For the first time, polio has appeared in China and it is hoped its spread can be halted by immunisation. Locally, Guides from the Langho group have been visiting local schools telling pupils all about polio and the efforts of Rotary International to eradicate it.

The Rotary shop also featured a Shelter Box kit, showing how the emergency aid box provides a tent, sleeping and food preparation equipment for up to 10 people. Many Shelter Boxes have been sent to disaster areas in recent years, sponsored by local Ribble Valley people, organisations and businesses.

A display of Rotary Young Photographer and Young Artist entries from local schools who entered this year’s competition was also in the shop and visited by children showing their efforts to parents and grandparents.

The Rotarians are grateful to all those who visited the shop, purchased a book from the stall or made donations, or donated old computers that will have their hard drives wiped before shipping them to schools in Africa. If you have an old computer that you would like to donate, contact Rotarian Howard Blackburn on 01200 425828 or via www.clitheroerotary.org.uk