Alice High School's Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alice raised awareness for polio on Tuesday by dying their fellow classmates' pinkies purple.
For a dollar donation, students and staff could turn their purple pinkie. World Polio Day is observed on Oct. 24. While polio is not an epidemic in the US, due to vaccinations, other countries are still in combat with the disease.
Two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where people are plagued with the crippling and fatal disease with children under the age of five with the highest risk.
While there is no cure for Polio, there is prevention. Rotary International's focus on Polio began as the first project of the Health, Hunger and Humanity program and it was launched as a global strategy.
Purple Pinky Day is a global humanitarian effort that provides the NHS members an opportunity for the organization to help extract Polio.
The primary goal of the Purple Pinky Project is twofold; 1) to raise money to help eradicate Polio and 2) to raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease and prevention.
According to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the gates will match 2 to 1, up to $35 million per year through the year 2018.
Each oral polio vaccine costs as little as $0.60. The vaccines will be taken to the children who live in the affect countries, along with the vaccines are purple markers.
When volunteers give children the vaccine their pinky's are marked with the purple marker that helps volunteers know which children have received the vaccine.