Rotary is having a fundraiser for global polio eradication

MOVIE NIGHT: Rotary's Garry Begley wants to help rid the world of polio.
MOVIE NIGHT: Rotary's Garry Begley wants to help rid the world of polio.

On Wednesday, November 8, the Beaudesert and Jimboomba Rotary Clubs will hold a movie night at the V-Max Cinema in Browns Plains as a fundraiser towards ridding the world of polio.

Jimboomba Rotary Foundation director, Garry Begley, said the Polio Plus challenge was taken up by Rotary in the late 80s, when there were 37,000 cases of polio worldwide.

“We reached a point where there were only 35 cases left in the world and then last year there were only eight reported cases,” he said.

“It’s a terrible disease and there’s still pockets of it in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Nigeria.”

Mr Begley said Bill and Melinda Gates had pledged two dollars for every dollar raised and Twentieth Century Fox had generously offered to allow an early screening of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench.

“We’ll get to see it before its official release and we’re hoping to get about 150 people along,” he said.

“Cost is $20 per person, which includes a complementary glass of wine, soft drink or water and we’re inviting people to arrive at about 6.30 for a 7pm start.”

Mr Begley said tickets would be available on the night but they had asked anyone interested in attending to let them know by calling  0407 591 106 or  0427 870 061.