Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Passengers Can Help Beat Polio

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Passengers Can Help Beat Polio

Article excerpt

PASSENGERS using a North East airport will be able to help fund life-saving vaccines in a scheme to be launched next week.

EasyJet's summer Change for Good campaign, now in its second year, is to start in Newcastle to raise vital funds to support Unicef in the global fight against polio.

From July 1 to September 30, all passengers travelling with the airline from Newcastle International Airport can donate their spare change and unwanted foreign currency to Unicef, the world's leading organisation for children, at a crucial time in the race to eradicate polio globally.

During that period, more than 140,000 passengers are expected to travel from the airport. Every 81p donated could give three children a lifetime of immunity from this highly infectious disease that can cause paralysis and even death.

While the prevalence of polio has reduced greatly in recent years from 125 countries infected in 2008 to just three countries today - Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan - a recent resurgence in seven countries, including Syria, led the World Health Organisation to declare 'a public health emergency of international concern' and start vaccination campaigns across the Middle East, aiming to reach at least 23 million children. …

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