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Hollywood glamour helps Rotarians fight Polio

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A TOUCH of Hollywood glamour came to St Joseph’s College last month as a Rotary Club raised funds to combat Polio.


Musicians from across Reading, including the Reading Central Band of the Salvation Army, performed at the event, which was held at St Joseph’s College in Upper Redlands Road, Reading on Saturday, March 10.
More than £2,000 was raised during the evening.
The evening opened with a performance of Amazing Grace by the Reading Central Band. Later in the programme, the band performed music from the film Schindler’s List.
St Joseph’s Chamber Choir performed a medley from West Side Story, while Tamesis Chamber Choir (pictured above) gave medleys from a range of popular West End musicals including My Fair Lady.
During the evening, there was a Pause For Thought from a member of Reading Central Salvation Army, offering a short Christian comment for the large audience.
The concert was organised by the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh in aid of The Rotary Foundation Worldwide Polio Eradication Programme.
The programme was established in 1985 and organisers say that since then, the number of cases has been brought down by 99 per cent – 350,000 cases then to 700 last year. They are making a determined effort to reach that last one per cent, with just three countries hosting the disease: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
A vaccine costs 25p per child.
For more details on the campaign, log on to www.readingmaidenerlegh.org.

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