Sunrise Without You
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise!
We are a service club of almost 30 members who meet weekly at the Cathedral Lodge in the grounds of the amazing Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. We try to come up with good ideas to serve our community, locally, nationally and internationally and at the same time we like to enjoy ourselves while we do it!
Our regular meeting is over breakfast each Wednesday at 7am - that means we can all go off to work or business by 8:15 am after a great start to the day. Visitors are extremely welcome - you don't have to be a Rotarian!
Rotary is a global organisation made up of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is the association of Rotary clubs within England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. RIBI has over 1,800 clubs consisting of more than 50,000 men and women from all walks of life.
Rotary clubs are based in local communities like Canterbury, where members meet on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others. Clubs utilise the skills, expertise and dedication of their members to help improve the lives of people in communities both at home and abroad.
Canterbury Cathedral to go purple
24th October 2017 is World Polio Day
Canterbury Cathedral to go Purple for Polio
Canterbury Cathedral will go purple on Tuesday, 24 October, 2017.
The Corona at the eastern end of the Cathedral will join many of the important buildings around the World when it will glow purple to mark World Polio Day.
When children are immunized against poliomyelitis a little finger is dipped in purple ink. This colour has now been carried World-wide as a symbol of the battle to finally eradicate polio.
Rotary in the South East asked the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral for their support and are delighted that such an iconic place has embraced this World-wide gesture.
Though polio may seem distant in this country there are still around 100,000 people here being treated for post polio syndrome from the epidemics of the 1950s and 60s.
“We are so very close,” said Rotary District Governor Carol Vizzard. “There are just two countries now where polio has been found and only 11 cases so far this year. This compares with over 300,000 thirty years ago.
“But to end polio there are still millions of children being vaccinated. Rotary has been for 30 years and still is at the forefront of this battle with our partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation and National Governments including the UK Government who recently pledged £100 million in the fight to eradicate polio ”
The Corona of the Cathedral will go purple from 6.30 to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 24 October.