Pupils show support with ‘Purple Pinkies’

Gary Laird and Ewan Dougal of Berwickshire High School with their purple pinkies at the Rotary club 'end polio now' fund raiser

Gary Laird and Ewan Dougal of Berwickshire High School with their purple pinkies at the Rotary club 'end polio now' fund raiser

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Last week hundreds of pupils at Berwickshire High School, Duns Primary School and Chirnside Primary School paid up to £1 each to have their pinkies dyed purple and to put their pinkie prints on one of four countries on a world map.

Why? The purple pinkie refers to the dye which is applied to the pinkies of children in India, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan when they have been given the polio vaccine under the Rotary International ‘End Polio Now’ programme.

Event organiser, Duns Rotarian Jeff Abbott, explained: “By putting their pinkie print on one of the four countries where polio is still rife among children, Berwickshire kids have pledged their support for children less fortunate than themselves and have raised £600 to help provide polio immunisation which could save lives.”

Jeff added: “To eradicate polio from the world Rotary needs to raise £200m by June 2012.

“So far £160m has already been raised and this will be matched by £350m from the Bill Gates Foundation.

“It is marvellous, however, that the three Schools in Berwickshire have chosen to be part of this enormous and successful programme and that ordinary kids in our county have been moved to help their fellows on the other side of the world.”