Rotarians join polio fight

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Hawick Rotary Club is holding a charity quiz night next month to raise funds for the fight against polio.

The event will take place in the Catholic Church Hall on February 14 and the cash raised on the night will go to Rotary International, the volunteer fund-raising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 36 pence worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.

However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.

Part of the fundraising drive includes tonight’s sell-out screening of the popular film Sunshine on Leith at Tower Mill.