Africa Region Declared Wild Polio Free!

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region, has officially been certified free from wild poliovirus, signifying a major milestone in the battle to eradicate the disease worldwide.

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries which make up the WHO’s African region and now means that five of the six WHO regions, which represent 90% of the world’s population, will be free of wild polio.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio.

By raising funds for polio eradication, advocating with world governments and national and local leaders, and raising awareness, Rotarians have contributed nearly US $890 million to conquer polio in the region.

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Donation to Burnaid

Over one of the last weekends Andy Wuzik of Wuzikmuzik and a Friend of Rotary staged an outdoor event with other musicians at the Parkgate Inn in Bromsgrove and played music, raising the sum of £200 to support the fantastic work of Burnaid. Well done to Andrew and all concerned!

Burnaid – Supporting survivors of burns and their families at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
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Tardebigge Wharf to Stoke Prior Walk

A couple of us did the walk from Tardebigge Wharf to Stoke Prior and return yesterday following the Worcester-Birmingham Canal passing the Tardebigge flight of 30 locks which is the longest in the UK and the former Engine House. Tardebigge reservoir presents some very good views along the way, and there was plenty of wildlife to see. We were fortunate enough to see a heron fishing and a kingfisher in flight low across the water. Of interest to Club members is the commemorative milestone dedicated to Reverend Alan White just below Tardebigge Top Lock. Alan was a Club member and Rotarian for some fifty years and the vicar of Tardebigge Church prior to his death in 2017 at the age of 99. He was a great friend of the Club and to Rotarian Rosemary Troth in particular. Alan was an acclaimed canal historian amongst his many talents, and his wonderful history of the Worcester-Birmingham Canal is still a ready point of reference for canal boaters and enthusiasts.

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Our Hospice needs support

Our Club appreciates fully that the Primrose Hospice needs community support more than ever in the current pandemic situation, given that a number of fundraising events have had to be postponed or cancelled. We have just made an immediate donation of £2000 to support the Hospice in continuing to deliver its much needed services.

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Love of Scrubs

The Rotary Club of Bromsgrove is delighted to be able to support Worcestershire For the Love of Scrubs with a donation of £500 to enable scrubs and scrub bags to be sewn and produced to help in the fight against coronavirus. We are very pleased also to be able to add a further £250 to this sum as a result of a Grant from our Rotary District. We applaud the efforts of all our workers in the NHS and care sectors.

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