We shall be dressed in vibrant purple as we are going Purple4Polio with our entry in the Lord Mayor's Show to celebrate the fact that we are on the brink of a historic milestone: eradicating only the second human disease ever and achieving Rotary's goal of a polio-free world.
This is particularly significant in the year that Rotary is celebrating the centenary of our charity, The Rotary Foundation, which funds countless humanitarian projects worldwide, including our campaign to eradicate polio.
Rotary started the campaign to end polio more than thirty years ago and with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we have reduced cases by 99.99 per cent, with just 14 cases of wild poliovirus worldwide this year.
The "Purple4Polio" campaign is so-called because purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show that they have been immunised against polio.
This year also marks the 140th anniversary of the founding of The United Wards' Club of the City of London with its tradition of promoting civic values. The membership consists of Freemen, Liverymen and members of the City of London Clubs and others who are interested in preserving the traditions of the City. The Lord Mayor of the City of London is the United Wards Clubs' Patron.
Rotary was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest international service organisation with over 1.2 million professional men and women as members.
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is a volunteer organisation where members use their skills and time to improve the lives of others locally and globally, while building friendships and having fun in the process. There are nearly 1,800 Rotary clubs across Britain and Ireland and about 50,000 members.
A one-hundred-year-old Steam Traction Engine is part of our entry which has been lovingly restored by its owners from Bicker in Lincolnshire and Cody Lee and the Retro Boys, the UK's youngest Retro Band, will be playing their lively blend of boogie woogie, jive and jazz music on board a trailer being drawn along by the Traction Engine.
Our musicians are on Facebook: The Retro Boys