We were privileged to have Lawrence Troyna, who was infected with polio as a child, talk to us about his colourful career despite his polio condition. Multi million pound deals, casinos, Concorde and the mafia where involved!
Although polio has not been seen in Great Britain and Ireland for many years, it is vital that we continue our efforts to eliminate the disease worldwide in order that it can never return. Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have so far donated over £20 million (€24 million) to End Polio Now.
Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio have been described as one of the finest humanitarian projects the world has ever known and Rotary has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The eradication of polio when completed will be one of the most significant achievements in public health since the eradication of smallpox.
LBC Rotary have donated 1000 crocuses to Loughton Town Council which will be planted at Murray Hall. The crocuses symbolise our End Polio campaign. Since 1985 Rotary has led the battle against polio, and kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several hundred. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and its partners are This Close to making that dream a reality.
Why not assist with any future events/fundraising and/or join Rotary, you would be very welcome.
Liz Curtis made an emotional presentation to us about The Lily Foundation. Liz started the charity 10 years ago in memory of her daughter Lily, having lost her battle to Mitochondrial Disease at just eight months old. The charity aims to give hope, answers and support to the many other children and families that face the challenges of this disease today..
The Lily Foundation is LBC Rotary’s charity of the year nominated by our President Fran.