A ROTARY Club in Helensburgh marked World Polio Day by holding a flower sale at a supermarket in town.

Keen members of the Lomond Rotary sold crocus corms at the Co-op in Sinclair Street to engage with the community and raise awareness of the work of the organisation.

The group's efforts saw £650 raised for the End Polio Now campaign.

Sheena Nelson from Lomond Rotary said: " It was a very successful two days. Our grateful thanks to all who bought crocus corms and to the manager and staff of Helensburgh Co-op for making this possible."

Helensburgh Advertiser: The group raised £650 for World Polio DayThe group raised £650 for World Polio Day (Image: Newsquest)

Lomond Rotary members have previously planted crocuses in Hermitage Park to mark previous campaigns as part of the effort to eradicate polio - a cause which has been championed for many years by Rotary Clubs around the world.

The disease can cause long-term or lifelong difficulties as some people could become permanently paralysed, suffer from muscle weakness, joint issues, and have problems swallowing.

Lomond Rotary raises funds to support people in need locally, nationally, and internationally and organises programmes to help young people in the community.

Gordon McInally, president of Rotary International, said: "October 24 is when Rotary and its supporters around the world mark the progress made to eradicate polio and reaffirm Rotary's global commitment made all the way back in 1985.
"In 2023, the wild polio virus is weaker than it has ever been before - a testament to Rotary's efforts over the years that have seen 2.5 billion children immunised against the virus in 122 countries.

"However, there is still more to be done. Even though polio only remains endemic in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, there are still five countries who are at the greatest risk of polio returning and another 26 that could potentially experience re-infection.

"But if decades of service have taught us anything, it's that Rotarians around the world will always be ready to step up to a challenge.

"World Polio Day not only gives Rotary a chance to celebrate the amazing work the organisation has done as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, but it also allows the Rotary clubs the opportunity to connect with their local community and let them know what they can do to help make a polio-free world a reality."