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The Purple Pinkies Are Coming

posted Oct 14, 2016, 12:38 PM by Debbie Brewster
The Purple Pinkie Project is coming to DeForest! On Wednesday, October 19, Rotary members will host a Purple Pinkie Donation Drive-Thru at Veteran’s Park in DeForest. They are encouraging people to drive through the park and donate $1 towards polio eradication. Rotarians will paint donor’s pinkie nail with purple polish as a show of support.

On Thursday, October 27, they will be doing a similar campaign at the high school’s Trick or Treat night. Rotarians will be stationed at the entrance of this annual event, asking parents to donate $1 and will paint their child’s pinkie nail with purple nail polish.

According to the International Rotary organization, polio has no cure. It is a crippling and potentially fatal disease and children under the age of five are at greatest risk. However Polio is easy to prevent by vaccination that costs just 60 cents. Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Purple Pinkie Project symbolizes vaccination procedures in other countries. When a child is vaccinated, a purple stamp is placed on their little finger – giving them a Purple Pinkie.

Throughout the month of October, DeForest Rotarians will also be displaying yard signs at their local businesses to promote the Purple Pinkie Project and bring awareness to this polio eradication effort.

In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the United States for many years, but this is not the case in many developing countries. By partnering with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of Polio worldwide. Currently three countries are still endemic with polio – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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