Sarah’s run tackles polio

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Local Rotary District 10110 Ambassadorial Student, Sarah Perry, who hails from Morgantown West Virginia, visited the Newton Arms to address the members of The Rotary Club of Portlethen & District.

The Aberdeen St Nicholas Rotary Club hosted Sarah, who has spent the past year studying at the Robert Gordon University during her stay.

She told the Portlethen members about her year in Scotland, meeting the First Minister, and most recently running the Rotterdam marathon on behalf of her adopted Rotary charity, Polio Plus.

Over the years Polio Plus has strived to eradicate polio in the remaining countries of the world where it is still endemic. Nearly 300 million dollars has been raised from clubs all over the world through Rotary Foundation and currently only four countries remain with the disease.

Sarah had no idea when she started her fundraising that she would have such an effect on the current campaign and had hoped to raise about £2,000 by running in the Marathon race last month.

To her surprise she actually raised £6,500 and showed the Rotarians how she had inspired herself to complete marathon circuit. She had written the number of children that would be vaccinated because of her efforts on her forearm. This was to look at when she felt she might be flagging during the race and the number came to a staggering 33,300 children. She said that she speeded up every time she looked.

Sarah was applauded by the Rotarians and wished well on her return next week to her home beside the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.