Rotarian Sylvia’s Walk to End Polio Now

Sylvia Keris, the President of the Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia is walking the entire length of the canal towpaths of the Four Counties Ring – a distance of about 120 miles in order to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

She left the Star Lock in Stone on the 1st August – and was seen off by several local Rotarians and other friends, including Phil Leason, who is President of Stone Rotary and John Ogbourne, who is Sylvia’s immediate predecessor in Eccleshall Mercia. District Governor Carol Reilly, from Walsall, was also there to wish her well.

Sylvia is expected to arrive back at the Star Lock in Stone on Friday 11th August in the afternoon.

The Four Counties Ring takes in the Trent and Mersey Canal, The Middlewich Canal branch, the Shropshire Union Canal and the Staffs and Worcester Canal and her walk will go as far north as Winsford and south into the outskirts of Wolverhampton.

Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign is dedicated to ridding the world of this dreadful disease. When Rotary started in 1985, more than 1,000 children every day were being paralysed by the virus, but last year just 37 children were afflicted. Rotarians throughout the World are dedicated to eliminating the disease so that no child ever again is paralysed.

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