World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio
October is Rotary’s Polio Month. There are only 2 countries left with the polio virus in the wild, down from 85 countries in 1987.
Our Rotary members were out on Hwy 97 with their red “End Polio Now” placards early on the 24th morning by the IGA. A friendly “toot” by cars horns passing by was welcomed and boosted our members’ spirits!
Polio is a terrible disease and many people still suffer from post-polio syndrome in the West. Unfortunately there are many more who live with the effects of polio: paralyzed limbs and constant pain. On October 24th, World Polio Day, our Club participated in a project that spanned the world: a fundraising dinner with the West Kelowna Daybreak Club, a “World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio” evening. A polio survivor was our guest speaker at this event.
This event was the brainchild of two Rotarian’s on either side of the world in 2014. As of this posting, 4,880 meals have been served, in 79 countries with almost 300,000 participants enjoying a unique Rotary event. $3,020,864 USD has been raised which will cover approximately 15,104,000 polio vaccines. Matching funds from the B & M Gates Foundation brought the total to $9,062,594 so far.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Our Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event on Saturday, September 29th was a great success. Everyone had a fantastic time with 106 attending. Tickets sold out a week before the event and there was a waiting list. Maybe we could fit more in next year!
Cast members included our Rotarians Chris Scowen as Sherlocke Holmes, Moira Baxter as Camilla Perez, and Madeleine Nixon as Simon Decree. A big thanks also to the Master Organizer, our very own Wendy Howard.
Funds raised from this event will be used for the purchase of appliances and a TV in the common room of the Peachland new Seniors Centre residence. Here are some photos from the event:
Canada National Tree Planting Day
With the goal of helping achieve a healthy and resilient forest, 15 volunteers with the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance celebrated Canada National Tree Day by planting native trees and shrubs along damaged Peachland Creek on September 29th. Our fellow Rotarian Constantine was hard at work helping to plant his share of the trees! Here are some photos from the event: