Cornwall Rotary Club takes up battle against Polio
Monday, October 24 was World Polio Day and to do their part to help eradicate the dreaded disease once and for all, The Cornwall Rotary Club held a special luncheon at the Ramada Inn. The Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now Program held a World’s Greatest Meal event with special guest speaker, Fay Campbell, Area Governor for the Rotary Club. Campbell was part of a National Immunization Day program in India in 2015 where the Indian government wanted to give two million children the polio vaccine in two days.
“They reached out to Rotarians and other service clubs around the world for help,” said Campbell. She told the Cornwall Rotarians about her adventures in India and Pakistan.
“We stayed in an area called Ghaziabad and we had to wake up at 4 a.m. to make the hour drive to the inoculation site,” she said. The inoculations were only given between 7 a.m. and noon because of the heat and the volatility of the area with regards to political unrest.
She said there were also a lot of cultural differences which proved to be challenging. They were seen as outsiders and not necessarily trusted. And because they were only inoculating children under five, they had to determine a way to guess a child’s age. “You take the child’s arm and put it over their head,” said Campbell. “If they can touch the opposite ear, they are over five years old.”
Her experiences in Pakistan were a little different. They were not trusted to give the vaccine themselves and had to train Pakistani women on how to administer the drops.
Campbell has been a Rotarian for just 12 years and has been involved in immunization days twice. “I love doing this,” she said. “Meeting new people and seeing the good work Rotarians are doing around the world. It’s unbelievable.”
Ribbon cutting for rotary outdoor gym
Rotarians from both Cornwall-area clubs officially handed over the Rotary Outdoor Gym in Lamoureux Park Thursday afternoon.
Master of Ceremonies Jeremiah Point talked about the very proud sense of volunteerism between the Rotary Club of Cornwall and the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise in getting the project to completion.
It’s been nearly three years in the making with the ceremonial groundbreaking in early December 2015.
“The city came together, saw our kind of dream and helped us make it a reality. Our rotarians from both clubs went out into the community and got people to actually give the money that needed to be taken in to make the project work,” Tom Everson of Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise told Cornwall Newswatch.
“A thank you to everyone who’s made it work. There’s a few people sit down and have an idea and to have it come to fruition like this is really very wonderful, it’s what Cornwall is all about,” Everson said.
Roughly 60 club members, politicians and others were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
There is still some fundraising needed for the outdoor gym project.
Roughly $80,000 of the $100,000 project was raised and sponsorship bricks surrounding the athletic facility are still being sold.
This is the first phase of a two-phase project, which could see satellite workout stations along the Lamoureux Park waterfront trail in the future.