Rotary in Aylsham will be riding exercise bikes in Aylsham Market Place on Saturday, April 17 from 9am to 12 noon to raise money for Rotary International’s ‘End Polio Now’ appeal.
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Great progress has been made against the disease since then and, today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 per cent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A Rotary spokesman said: “The generous people of Aylsham have supported this campaign since 1988.
“Because of the present pandemic we had to cancel our event last year but we are back and we hope that you saw our incredible Purple for Polio Crocus planting earlier this year.
“We will be organising the bike ride in a slightly scaled down version in full compliance with the Covid regulations in force at the time. To maintain social distancing the riders will be in two locations behind barriers. Sadly, there will be no ‘Guess the Distance’ competition so that we can maintain social distancing.
“Please come and support us and, as usual give generously.”