Raising the flag for the End Polio Now campaign

Luton Someries Rotary stalwarts Henry Richardson (left) and Robert John
Luton Someries Rotary stalwarts Henry Richardson (left) and Robert John

Two Luton Someries stalwarts climbed the 02 Arena to celebrate Rotary’s 110th birthday and raise the flag for the End Polio Now campaign.

Treasurer Henry Richardson, 67, of Silsoe and Robert John, 60, of Marsworth joined 150 Rotarians from clubs across Great Britain and Ireland as they walked the arena to continue their fundraising for the campaign which has raised a massive £21 million to date.

Henry said: “It was awesome. It was very safe but felt very dangerous.”

Robert added: “I’ve climbed a couple of mountains but going up what felt like a sloping trampoline was a first for me.”

Since the launch of the End Polio Now campaign in 1985, the war against the disease has almost been won, with only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria recording cases.

Climb organiser Adrian Brewer said: “It marks our continued efforts in the fight against polio and our Walk for Water initiative and to celebrate Rotary’s 110th anniversary.

“As part of this we have literally flown the End Polio Now campaign flag high over the capital’s skyline.”
He added: “I would like the British public to get behind us to help make history by ridding the world of this disease forever.”

Vice president elect of Rotary GBI Eve Conway said: “With only three affected countries left, our dream of a polio-free world is now within our grasp.”