Purple Pinkie Project
Donating $1 to have your pinkie “painted” purple is a symbol for one polio immunization. The estimated cost to immunize one child from polio is $1, and when each child gets immunized, Rotarians mark their pinkies with a topical purple dye to prevent double dosages. How your club decides to raise money and/or awareness for this project is up to you!
Take the time to create an informational booth about the Purple Pinkie Project. This could be solely to raise awareness or you could accept donations!
We Are So Close
There are only TWO countries left where polio still exists! Over 2.5 BILLION children have been saved so far!
All proceeds go to Rotary International Polio Plus program. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, turning your $1 into $3 for polio eradication.
Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 cases then, to 6 reported cases in 2023.
See below for ideas how your club can join the cause!
Recently, BASIS Interact Club received numerous donations of purple frosted donuts from Dunkin Donuts as well as Krispy Kreme and other grocery stores. They sold these donuts to fellow classmates to raise funds for over 6,000 polio vaccines in the past two years. All proceeds went to the purple pinkie project.
One year, Canyon View Interact planned a flash mob at their high school. While music was blasted over the intercom, students held posters advertising the Purple Pinkie Project.