Shining the spotlight on polio

ROTARY EVENT: Polio survivors Bill Peacock and Susanne Rea.
ROTARY EVENT: Polio survivors Bill Peacock and Susanne Rea. Cathy Moore

POLIO survivor and internationally acclaimed guest speaker Susanne Rea attended a dinner yesterday in a fight to eradicate polio.

The Rotary changeover dinner was hosted by the Bribie Island Rotary Club.

Ms Rea talked about her personal story and how the World's Greatest Meal contributed to Rotary's End Polio Now movement.

Ms Rea was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last month, recognising her as an outstanding member of the community at a national level.

She said her visit to the Moreton Bay region was wonderfully full.

"I am delighted to have enjoyed the scenery and friendly people,” she said.

"My hosts have looked after me and saw that I was well-fed and comfortable.”

Rotary club member and polio survivor Bill Peacock said events like these created awareness and insight while raising funds for a necessary cause.

"It creates an awareness of polio survivors since the eradication of polio in Australia, and of the eradication polio program worldwide through the amazing work of Rotary supported by the Bill and Melanie Gates Foundation,” Mr Peacock said.

"The personal stories from around the world provide an insight to the establishment of an eradication program, which is often forgotten in a country like Australia where the last recorded polio case was in 2000.

"Bribie Island Rotary is a leader in the End Polio Now program and inviting Susanne Rea to their changeover dinner demonstrates the compassion and duty of care they have for the Moreton Bay region.”

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