Last Thursday Woodend Rotary met at the Woodend RSL again to hear from our guest speaker Bev Watson. Bev gave a wonderful presentation on living with Polio for 60 years. Bev contracted Polio in Australia in 1955 just 6 weeks prior to the introduction of the Salk vaccine. Everyone present were moved by Bevs story of spending a year in hospital and then on calipers and sticks for many years until she began using a wheelchair after the birth of her first child. However the stand out message and feeling everyone went away with was the positive attitude and determination raising 3 children and continually working. Woodend Rotary President Josephine and Gisborne President Sam, on behalf of the 4 D9800 Calder cluster clubs presented Bev with a cheque for $2000 to go towards the Post Polio conference held each year.
There are an estimated 400,000 people in Australia with Polio. Whilst Rotary is leading the charge to rid the world of Polio our cluster is also doing its bit to support the group of those living with Polio.