Rotary visit to India

ON A MISSION: Ann Barrett and Pam Scales get ready to travel to India to help

ON A MISSION: Ann Barrett and Pam Scales get ready to travel to India to help

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TWO friends will be taking their good work abroad, as they prepare to travel to India this week.

Pam Scales, president of the Cleckheaton Rotary, and her friend, Ann Barrett from the Cleckheaton Inner Wheel will travel to the south Indian state of Kerala on Monday to help administer polio vaccinations.

Pamela, on her fifth visit and Ann, on her second, are part of a 34-member team on a self funded trip to help Kerala Rotarians administer polio drops to thousands of children.

Pam said: “I am looking forward to the trip – it is such a rewarding thing to do.

“It is my fifth time helping with the vaccinations - and it is really important to help rid the world of this disease. I have just about finished packing – one more thing I have to remember to take is a torch, as you never know whether or not there will be electricity!”

The trip is a part of the Rotary International’s pledge to eradicate the world of polio and, on January 20, an estimated 174 million children under five will receive the vaccination.

Team leader Chris Philip, President of Mirfield Rotary Club, said: “The paralysing disease polio has been consigned to history in the UK. But the fight isn’t over yet.

“It is only a plane ride away. Currently the disease is endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. These pockets cause a threat to our children.”