Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Purple Pinkie Polio Campaign

Floodlight is a proud sponsor of Roy’s Shoes Purple Pinkie campaign.

KELOWNA, BC – October 21th 2010 ROY’S SHOES KELOWNA, a leader in quality and comfort family footwear, is proud to announce a partnership with Sunrise Rotary and the Rotoract Club of Kelowna to purple the pinkies of 3000 people in Kelowna. With a donation of $1 we hope to raise $3000 which will allow 5000 children to be vaccinated. When teams of volunteers are vaccinating the children of a village the tips of their little fingers are dipped in purple dye so that the team knows that they have been done.

Roy’s Shoes will also be exhibiting an iron lung used to help individuals with polio to breath.

A patient with polio may need to use an iron lung which when sealed provides an effectively oscillating atmospheric pressure so they can breathe.

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners like Roy’s Shoes are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Your contribution will help Roy’s Shoes and Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high. This is important because there is no cure for Polio, only prevention. And when just one case of polio still exists, the whole world is in danger of being infected. It is an issue that affects us here in North America as the disease is only a short plane ride away and it could again become a huge problem like it was in the 1950's.

Time Line:

* Iron Lung and the Purple Pinkie Project will be at Roy’s Shoes October 25th to October 30th 2010

* Watch for Purple Pinkie Projects at UBCO, Okanagan College, London Drugs, Farmers Markets, and other locations across the Okanagan

* October 30, 2010 - Ramesh Ferris – Guess Speaker - A Canadian polio survivor and long distance cyclist Ramesh Ferris will speak at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. 7:00PM

* October 30, 2010 - Book Signing - Ramesh Ferris will be at Roy’s Shoes for book signing 11 to 2 pm

About ROY’S SHOES - For 37 years Roy’s Shoes Boot and Repair has offered great service, quality comfort shoes and shoe repair in Kelowna’s downtown core. Jim Belshaw bought Roy’s Shoes three years ago and is committed to his community and is a proud Rotarian.

Jim Belshaw is a huge supporter of Downtown Kelowna becoming a viable mixed use community that supports live, work and play opportunities for both residents and visitors. Jim donates through Roy’s Shoes a $1.00 of every shoe repair to his local and international community. To date last year his donations topped $7000.00.

Jim Belshaw -Roy’s Shoes Boots and Repair

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