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Purple Pinkie Project coming to PCS PDF Print E-mail

By Tim Linscott
Managing Editor
On March 19 an outbreak of purple pinkies will happen at Perkins County Elementary and it will be a welcomed sight.
The Grant Rotary Club is continuing its Purple Pinkie Project on March 19 at 1:05 p.m. at the elementary. In an effort to eliminate polio worldwide, Rotary International has been putting on the Purple Pinkie Project for over 29 years, helping raise funds and awareness in the fight against polio.
Grant Rotary Club members will be at the elementary collecting funds and letting students, staff and faculty dye their pinkies Gentian Violet. Each pinkie is a symbol of one child immunized from polio. The $1 fee to dye the pinkie represents the approximate cost to immunize one child.
Gentian Violet is a topical dye used by Rotary International to mark children after they have been immunized from polio, to prevent a double dosage. The safe dye will last on the child’s finger for a day or two.
Polio has not been an issue in the United States for decades but in many developing countries, the illness still affects many adults and children. Working with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of polio, worldwide. Every dollar helps provide immunizations to children around the world, helping Rotary International achieve the goal of totally eradicating polio forever.