Purple Pinkies Pub Crawl Picks up Prize!

All in purple for Purple Pinkies!

Purple Pinkies Pub Crawl Picks up Prize!

This year London Rotaract brought home the World Rotaract Week prize for best End Polio Now event, against hopefuls from across Great Britain & Ireland.

Every year World Rotaract Week takes place in March and Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland hold a competition in support of the End Polio Now $100 Million challenge. All across the nation clubs are encouraged to be creative and find new ways of raising awareness for End Polio Now and to raise a minimum of US$100. The more people who get involved the better.

This year the Rotaract London clubs decided to join forces to raise awareness and funds for End Polio now. We chose a strip of pubs in Hammersmith, arranged permission in advance and went from pub to pub handing out leaflets, answering questions and collecting donations. Did we mention that we were all wearing purple? Yes, as part of the theme everyone had something purple so we were a large purple mass moving from pub to pub, attracting attention for the cause. We collected more than our US$100 target and more than that, we handed out lots of leaflets and answered questions about polio and spoke about the work of Rotary International. Rotarians showed their support too, helping us with the Tabbards, Buckets and End Polio Now flyers and we even had a Rotarian join us for the event. It was great to have the clubs uniting for a common cause and the night was a success! The District 1130 Rotaractors were named this year’s competition winners – a great start to a great year.

Look out for us in next year’s competition!


On the move!

 Taking a break before we hit the road again!

All in purple, including our Rotarian, Sarah.



About Jonathan Nish - Rotary in London Webmaster

Jonathan Nish grew up and studied in Durban, South Africa. After working in Finance and IT roles for listed companies in the Logistics and Retail sectors in Durban and then Johannesburg, he was persuaded by a friend to take a working holiday to the UK in May 1999 and cash in on the "Millennium Bug". Well over a decade later Jonathan is still in the UK! After spells with a Travel Operator and an internet startup in London, he joined the 1st Contact Group. Jonathan has worked on a number of web and software development, compliance, integration and change management projects and piloted new business units and products. He currently serves Sable Group as Head of IT & Operations. Jonathan and his wife live in Surrey. He enjoys travel and volunteering. Jonathan is an active Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Rotary Club of Putney