MEMBERS of Burton Rotary Club were joined by staff and youth players from Burton Albion as they made a push to gain more support for the national End Polio Now campaign.
The group, which also included the presidents of the Walsall and Church Wilne clubs, took to the pitch at the Pirelli Stadium in support of the project, which has helped to eradicate the disease in many countries.
Just 222 cases of polio were reported in 2012 – an incredible reduction on the 350,000 cases which were being reported in 1988.
Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, though the World Health Organisation confirmed this week that cases had been identified in Syria.
Burton Rotary Club has raised thousands of pounds towards the cause in the years since 2008, when the group became involved in the campaign, and is now aiding the final push to try to rid the world of polio forever.
Junior vice president Rod Gent said: “This is a massive effort that Rotary and its partners cannot achieve alone.
“Only one other human disease, smallpox, has ever been eradicated. If you can help in anyway, please contact Burton Rotary Club.”