Did you know that there are up to 400,000 Polio survivors in Australia?
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Until the 1950s, polio crippled thousands of children every year in industrialised countries. Soon after the introduction of effective vaccines in the late 1950s (IPV) and early 1960s (OPV), polio was brought under control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in industrialised countries.
Today however, the Survivors of Polio are facing another battle with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) with symptoms such as continued muscle weakness and serve fatigue.
On Saturday 16th September 2017, Sue MacKenzie, an Australian Polio Board Member, is hosting a 'Walk with Me' event in New Farm Park, to raise awareness and fundraise for Polio Survivors. All are welcome to join in this leisurely walk/ride along the Brisbane Riverfront.
Meet at New Farm Park, Area 3 Near Ferry Terminal at 9.30am for a 10am start and enjoy a 700 metre (350 metres each way) stroll. After the walk/ride guests will be treated to a sausage sizzle provided by Rotary Club of New Farm, Benji Water, raffles and fun in New Farm Park.
Funds received from this event will be donated to Polio Australia.
Polio Australia's goal is to help ensure that all polio survivors in Australia have access to appropriate health care and the support required to maintain independence and make informed lifestyle choices.
Despite the best efforts of Polio Australia and its member state polio networks over many years, successive federal and state governments have shown limited interest in commissioning research to quantify the number of polio survivors living in Australia today and to understand their service needs.
We urge every Australian polio survivor to join the Polio Register now on its own dedicated website, by clicking here. Our strength lies in our numbers – please help us to get you the services you need by supporting these initiatives.
You can also purchase a unique Polio Australia 'Walk With Me' cap or Polio Australia 'Walk With Me' T-Shirt for $15!
You can also donate directly to 'Walk With Sue' (donations for this event will be accepted until 31 December 2017) at www.polioaustralia.org.au/wwm2017-brisbane.
For more information on this fundraising walk in Brisbane or to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.polioaustralia.org.au/wwm2017-brisbane