In 2018, the End Polio Now Train ride was conceived where the aim was to ride the Sydney Rail Network and visit every one of the 187 stations within 24 hours on World Polio Day. This year the project extended to other cities, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and Wellington NZ.
On Friday 23 October 2020, Rotarian Mark Anderson, (who works in the Rotary International office in Parramatta) repeated his 2018 and 2019 epic train journey together with his son, David (the timetable planner). Throughout the day, Mark and David were joined by many Rotarians across the District to present cheques in support of the worthy cause. Some Rotarians joined the trek for significant times to enjoy the comradery, with special mention to DG Warwick Richardson, PDG Sue Hayward and Rotarian Jo Perrin (Camden Club) who supported for the entire day. There may have been more as I only travelled from/to Glenfield on the Leppington and Macarthur legs.
The Rotary Club of Ingleburn supporters were President Gail Taylor, President Elect Syed Akram Ullah and Bill Salter; as President, Gail presented a cheque from the Rotary Club of Ingleburn for $500 towards the “End Polio Now” campaign. Our club was represented on the train on the Glenfield/Leppington/Glenfield/Macarthur legs.
Mark remarked, from a Rotary perspective, Rotary realised a great Public Image exercise together with Public Awareness and Public Engagement. The donations received on the train trip were in the vicinity $50,000 this year as clubs have been restricted in fundraising due to the restrictions of COVID-19. Fellow train travelers were more reticent this year due to social distancing.
Thank-you Mark and David, for your dedication to your multi-District Rotary project. We know it does not just happen by chance, and that there is a lot of planning that goes into a project like this. I recall Mark mentioning that he is planning another train riding escapade again next year on World Polio Day, so Rotarians and friends start planning to be part of it and enjoy the fellowship.
Author: Bill Salter