More than 6000 children will soon be innoculated to prevent them catching polio thanks to fundraising by students from Redhill's Warwick School’s Interact Club.
The club is a schools version of Rotary Clubs and enjoys the mentoring and support of Reigate Rotary Club. First set up in 2010, the Interact Club members have raised more than £3,500 to date for various charities in the UK and internationally.
The pupils' latest fundraising came through events and activities including a curry night.
The night raised £685, which was presented by Ellie Rolfe, Vice President of the Interact Club, to Val Bishop and Greg Wilson of Reigate Rotary Club, to be sent on to the Rotary End Polio Now campaign. As well as the pupils, the night was supported by the students' families and school staff, and members of many local Rotary Clubs.
Through matched funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the funding will enable more than 6000 vulnerable children to receive a critical innoculation to prevent them catching polio, which remains a chronically disabling disease in many parts of the world. Val Bishop of Reigate Rotary Club said: “Rotary aims to support and encourage the talents and skills of young people. “Fantastic achievements such as this show how fortunate we are to work with these students at The Warwick School. “They are amazing young people and their efforts are truly commendable.”