King’s Lynn Rotarians scale O2 Arena to boost polio campaign

On February 23rd 2015, which also marked Rotary's 110th birthday, Andy Holford, Derek  Harvey, Sam O'Callaghan and Geoff Cheney climbed the O2 ANL-150316-120223001

On February 23rd 2015, which also marked Rotary's 110th birthday, Andy Holford, Derek Harvey, Sam O'Callaghan and Geoff Cheney climbed the O2 ANL-150316-120223001

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To celebrate continued efforts to put an end to polio, four members of the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn have been scaling great heights.

The four joined with 150 fellow Rotarians from around Britain, to climb the 02 dome in Greenwich and raise the End Polio Now flag high above the capital’s skyline.

Andy Holford, Derek Harvey, Sam O’Callaghan and Geoff Cheney were the intrepid four who helped celebrate the £21million raised to date by Rotary to eradicate polio to date.

Those who took part in the climb said that it was extremely windy, a bit steep in parts, but a great day out.

Organiser of the climb, Adrian Brewer, said: “We organised the climb of the O2 Arena to mark both our continued efforts in the fight against polio and walk for water and to celebrate Rotary’s 110th Anniversary.

“As part of this, we have literally flown the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign flag high above the capital’s skyline. I would like to urge the British public to get behind Rotary and help make history by ridding the world of this disease forever.”

Since the launch of End Polio Now in 1985 the amount of endemic countries has decreased from 125 to just three; Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

In the past 12 months Nigeria has also seen no recorded cases since July, sparking hope that it too will be declared Polio free in the near future.

Also benefitting from sponsorship raised will be the new ‘Walk For Water’ initiative, which aims to provide those in less developed countries with barrels to help them transport water more easily.

Vice-president elect of Rotary GBI, Eve Conway, said: “The walk is a great way to celebrate the incredible efforts of Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland, but also across the globe, to try and eradicate polio for good.

“With only three affected countries left, one of which has seen no new cases since July, our dream of a polio free world is now within our grasp.”

Rotary International is a worldwide voluntary organisation of 1.2 million dedicated business professionals and community leaders.

In Rotary Great Britain and Ireland (GBI) there are over 50,000 men and women of all ages from all walks of life in Rotary clubs who share a passion and commitment to helping and improving communities both locally and across the world.

Each member enjoys giving something back to those in need, as well as building business and social networking opportunities, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun.