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Out of Africa ... for a passage to India; Huddersfield couple fly off to help polio victims.

Byline: By HAZEL ETTIENNE News Reporter

JUST days after returning from a mercy mission to Africa, a Huddersfield couple are on another long-distance relief effort.

This time, they have flown thousands of miles to India - to help polio victims.

Retired doctor John Philip and his wife Chris, of Fixby, spent 18 days in Tanzania earlier this month.

And they'd barely time to unpack before jetting off again, this time to be part of a 30-strong party who have travelled to Lucknow, in the State of Uttar Pradesh.

They are immunising children as part of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio from the world.

John, a retired breast cancer specialist, is the current district governor of 82 Rotary clubs in West and North Yorkshire.

As well as his wife Chris, a retired teacher, the party will also include Mirfield Rotarian Gillian Poole, who is President Elect of the club.

Gillian said: "I want to raise awareness about polio and help in the last push against this crippling disease. The International movement of Rotary has now raised more than pounds 300mand provided thousands of volunteers to achieve this objective and will continue to offer funds and voluntary help."

Rotary pledged in 1985 to work towards eradicating polio. Then, polio was endemic in 125 countries and it has now been reduced to four. Two billion children have been vaccinated in the developing world, at a cost of 30 pence a time.

John and Chris spent the new year in Africa after hearing about the plight of families in Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, while attending an International Rotary Conference in San Diego.

They spent 18 days there getting an overview of what needs to be done including providing a clean water supply and considering how common diseases can be prevented.

Chris has also played her part in helping the campaign. She was Miss April in a calendar produced by the ladies of Mirfield Rotary Club.

Chris was also warden at St Hilda's Church in Cowcliffe.


OFF AGAIN: John Philip and his wife Chris who are bound for India after their trip to Tanzania (s)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2009
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