Full-service agency drp has sponsored the Rotary Club of Bewdley in the creation of an exhibition about Rotary’s role in the eradication of polio. Held at Bewdley museum and open to the public from 12 May, the exhibition will be running until 15 July 2017. drp has supported Rotary with a full exhibition, design, and tech solution, including interactive iPads, which is expected to travel across the UK and Ireland during the course of the next three years.
Rotary is a global network of people committed to humanitarian service, with 1.2m members spread over 33,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries. In 1985, Rotary made a pledge to eradicate polio from the world. Rotary, along with its partners, have helped immunise over 2.5bn children against polio, in 125 countries.
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. A polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life. Europe has been polio-free for over a decade, and since 2016 the disease is endemic in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. With only 5 cases reported this year, Rotary’s goal could soon be achieved.
Andrew Page, Bewdley Rotary Club’s exhibition project leader, said: “The estimated cost of ensuring the world is polio-free is US$1.5bn and so a major objective of the exhibition is not only to raise the profile of Rotary, but also to raise funds for the End Polio Now campaign. Even after the very last case of polio is recorded, at least another three years will have to elapse before the world can be certified polio free. We are grateful for the support of drp in this ongoing project.”
Edward Vickery, head of drpexhibition and live division business development, added: “It’s important for us to work with our local community to not only support local charitable organisations, but global ones too. We are proud to be working with Rotary to initiate the logistics needed to make the exhibition nationwide.”