October 24, 2017
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Bangor Area Rotary Clubs Present the Purple Pinkie Project

Community Author: Shelby Hartin
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The Rotary Clubs of Bangor, Bangor area and Old Town are joining forces to host the 3rd Annual Purple Pinkie Project during the month of October in recognition of World Polio Day, which takes place Oct. 24. All activities are meant to raise awareness of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and to raise money — $1 at a time – to go toward that global effort.

During the month of October, several events will be held with organizers and volunteers “painting” the region purple when they present the Purple Pinkie Project. For $1, volunteers will color your pinkie purple to help raise money for polio eradication. A purple pinkie serves as a symbol for one polio immunization. Funds raised will go toward Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts.

“We are so pleased to bring attention to the Polio Plus project for Rotary International to our local communities.  We look forward to seeing hundreds of purple pinkies throughout this week, and encourage everyone to wear purple, especially on October 24th for this celebration” said Scott Boucher, Polio Plus Chair for Rotary District 7790.

Activities will include educational sessions and painting stations at the local Rotary Club meetings, which are:

Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast

Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 am

Rangeley Hall, EMCC, Bangor

Rotary Club of Old Town

Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

Elks Lodge, Old Town

Rotary Club of Bangor

Tuesday, October 24th at 12:00 pm

Wellman Commons, Bangor


Along with the Rotary Club meetings, the Purple Pinkie Project will be holding community stations at the following locations during October

  • October 7th at Juniper Ridge Open House in Old Town from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • October 13th at the Cross Insurance Center for the Rotary Club of Bangor’s Centennial Celebration Gala from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • October 20th at Mason’s Brewing in Brewer from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Similar Purple Pinkie projects have been held by Rotary Clubs around the country, with people donating $1 to have their pinkies marked with the same purple dye used to identify children who have received the vaccine when Rotary International conducts polio immunizations. 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.

Polio has not been a problem in the U.S. for many years, but this is not the case in several developing countries. In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate Polio worldwide. By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of Polio worldwide.

Through Rotary International’s efforts, polio has been eradicated in all but 3 countries worldwide, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  The goal of eradicating the disease altogether grows closer with each immunization.  We are “This Close.”

For more information, contact Scott Boucher at sboucher@barresibenefits.com

Visit us on Facebook: @purplepinkieproject