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The show must go on! Formby Rotary Club will still host Carol Wagon in December

The show must go on! Formby Rotary Club will still host Carol Wagon in December

by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

THE show will go on!

Members of Formby Rotary Club are delighted to say that Santa will be touring Formby this December in his famous Carol Wagon.

Unfortunately, Santa will not be able to stop and talk to individual children as happens in other years, but he will be passing by and waving his greetings.

If you go to their website, you will be able to see a short video from Santa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. The routes Santa will use together with dates and approximate times will be published online in the coming weeks at www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1080

There will also be a tracking app which will show where the wagon is at any particular time so that you can wave to Santa as he passes. The app can be downloaded for free from www.sleightracker.co.uk or from your App Store.

Their Santa mail service will also be running so that young people can write to Santa and get a reply. Their teachers will collect the letters to Santa and distribute the replies.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Christmas may be a little different this year - but let us all make the most of it. If you wish to make a donation to Formby Rotary's charity fund please go to our website where you will find a button to click to make a donation using your payment card.”

Meanwhile, the club have also been crocus planting in a bid to help eradicate polio.

A spokesperson added: “Polio is a fearful disease and used to cause havoc across the world, including here in Britain.

“A sustained campaign by Rotary Worldwide in conjunction with the Bill Gates Foundation has almost, but not quite, eradicated polio throughout the world. There is still the occasional outbreak in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The problem for us all is that, if it is not eradicated completely it will spread and take hold again. We still need to fund this final push.

“Rotary Clubs across the world support this and Formby Rotary make a contribution direct from our charity fund each year, but also organise crocus planting events each Autumn. The crocuses are purple - the campaign colour of Polio Plus and their emergence each Spring is intended to remind people of the importance of this campaign.

“This year crocus corms are being distributed and some have already been planted by Formby Rotary around the Library. Our picture shows club members just as they finished planting. Packets of corms are also being made available for individuals to plant for themselves at home. Anyone wishing to support this cause financially can do so online by visiting our website.”

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