By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Polio, although less prevalent in the United States, remains a threat across the world.
In recognition of this threat, the Huron Township Rotary, along with Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will host a “Purple Pinky” donation drive within Huron Township schools on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Each student or staff member who donates one dollar will receive a purple pinky in the form of a ribbon tied to the smallest finger on the hand.
You may be asking: why Purple Pinky?
The term is derived from the visits that Rotarians have made to local villages. Following a vaccination, children’s pinkies are dipped in a purple solution to show that they received the vaccine.
The Rotary is asking for a dollar donation because that is the cost to vaccinate one child.
According to the United States Department of Public Health and Human Services, before the polio vaccination was discovered, epidemics were common in the United States. Following the discovery of the vaccines in 1955 and 1960, polio numbers dropped dramatically in the U.S.
In 1988, the World Health Organization adopted the goal of global polio eradication, and while progress has been made since then to suppress the disease, there is still more work to do.
Rotary clubs across the country will be joining together to make this fundraiser happen.
The Purple Pinky Drive is one of the projects of the Huron Township Rotary’s “12 Projects in 12 Months” campaign to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the club.
The club will also be raffling off a Harley Davidson motorcycle during Applefest.
For more information, contact any member of the Huron Township Rotary, or visit their website at www.HuronTownshipRotary.org.