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Golden girls Helen Glover and Ruta Meilutyte join campaign to rid the world of polio

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

  • Gold medallist Helen Glover is backing World Polio Day

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Westcountry Olympians have thrown their weight behind an on-going global campaign to rid the world of polio.

Penzance rower Helen Glover and Plymouth swimmer Ruta Meilutyte have signed up to the Rotary Club's World Polio Day, held today.

Former PE teacher Helen, 26, started Britain's "Golden Games" summer, winning Team GB's first gold medal in women's pairs rowing.

Lithuanian Ruta, who attends Plymouth College, made her name in the women's 100-metre breaststroke when she struck gold.

The athletes have joined Plymouth divers Tom Daley and Tonia Couch, who lent their support to the campaign in 2011. Other Plymouth Leander Swimming Club Olympians, where Ruta trains, are also backing the bid, including Antony James, Jade Howard, Jamila Lunkuse and Hazal Sarikaya.

Plymouth Albion's Canadian internationals Aaron Carpenter and Sean-Michael Stephen are also on board as well as Welsh Rugby 7s player Rhodri McAtee and Cornish Pirates players Grant Pointer and Jonny Bentley.

Rotarians across the world have been working for years to eradicate the debilitating disease with their Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985 but the fight continues to vaccinate children in poor countries against the virus.

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  • rwarner  |  October 25 2012, 12:55PM

    Rotary International made the commitment in the mid 1980s to eradicate polio from the world. Thanks to the tireless work of Rotary club members across the world, volunteers and the public, cases have plummeted by 99-percent. Rotarians do more than fundraise, they administer the vaccine and reach out to remote at risk communities. This is because Rotary is for communities. Contact your local club here in Great Britain and Ireland to discover how you can changes lives. #endpoio, #rotary Rebecca Warner