The Forres Rotary Club is celebrating World Polio Day this month and has sought the help of another town-based organisation to do so.
The Tolbooth, located on Forres High Street will be lit up in purple, after the Forres Heritage Trust which owns the building agreed to help.
The colour purple signifies the colour dye used on the little finger of a child who has received their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries, to show they have received their life saving vaccine.
Rotary Clubs across the world have been campaigning since 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries. The campaign aims to completely eradicate the disease which is now only endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Doreen McCaig, International/Foundation Convener with the Forres Rotary Club said she was delighted that the two organisations were working together.
She said: “We are very pleased that the Forres Heritage Trust has agreed to help us promote and help make people aware of this significant campaign. All over the world, buildings will be getting lit up in purple and it is tremendous that we will also be doing our bit in Forres.
“The Tolbooth is the perfect building as it is so central, so we are hoping that lots of people will see. Over the weekend that the building will be getting lit up, we will have Rotary members on the High Street to explain what is happening and make people aware. We are really looking forward to it.”
The Tolbooth will lit up on October 23 and 24. The Rotary Club will also be at Tesco Forres on Saturday 23 to collect money for the cause too.
Doreen added: “We have had huge support from across the town and whilst we appreciate there are many local charities, it is encouraging to see that the people of Forres are always willing to help further afield as well. The Rotary Clubs across the world have worked tirelessly to eradicate polio and since the campaign began it’s now 99 per cent eradicated.”
Bob James, a trustee with the Forres Heritage Trust and a member of the Rotary Club said: “The Trust was delighted to be asked to help the Rotary raise awareness of this important campaign. It’s a great example of two organisations working together and helping each other, something which the people of Forres are very good at.
“The request has also come at a perfect time as renovations on the Tolbooth, and in particular around the clocktower which is the area which will be lit up, have just been completed, so the Tolbooth will be looking splendid for the occasion.”