The aim is to end the scourge of Polio once and for all, and in doing so prevent a further escalation of the problem of Post Polio Syndrome which affects some 120,000 in the UK and potentially up to 40,000,000 worldwide. The majority of those contracting Polio may go on to face Post Polio Syndrome in later life.
The campaign advocates a Polio free world by 2020, and is one the British Polio Fellowship and Colin fully support; eradication will give the world more time and resources to deal with the onset of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), that many survivors of this terrible disease, like Colin, face in later life. In the video, Colin speaks of contracting Polio, the impact it has on his life, the onset of PPS and the work of the British Polio Fellowship in supporting him and fellow sufferers.
“As a baby, my father took me to the swimming pool not knowing the impact that one visit would have on my life. Two days later I couldn’t move my legs,” said the British Polio Fellowship’s Rotary Liaison Ambassador Colin Powell. “Everyone lived in fear of Polio and going viral meant something different then. Until Polio is eradicated, the risk it could return remains. I am proud to doing all I can to prevent that from happening.”
“Colin’s powerful performance I’m sure will resonate with all who see the video,” said CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill, MBE. “We are so close to seeing the end of Polio that it is worth the final effort to see it done. We will still be left with decades of PPS but no other children will have to face the peril of Polio.”