Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2013

Why I became a Polio Ambassador

By Archie Panjabi

When I was 10 years old, I had an opportunity to stay in my parents’ homeland, India, for a period of two years. Coming from England, it was a huge cultural shock. But it was also a great experience for me to learn about my heritage.

Archie Panjabi Image/Video Screen Shot

Archie Panjabi
Image/Video Screen Shot

One of the things that affected me deeply was my daily walk to school –  I would witness children crawling on the streets. Some of them were on planks of wood with wheels and just rolling themselves along. When the traffic would stop they’d knock on the car doors, begging for money.

I would ask about it, but people would avoid talking about it or give me an explanation that wouldn’t make sense. It disturbed me for years. When I was asked to become a Rotary ambassador for polio I researched it and it was only then I realized it was the crippling disease that these children were suffering from.

In April of this year, I went to New Delhi and I actually got to meet not only the people who were carrying out this incredible work, but also mothers and parents who were bringing their children for the oral vaccine. Brothers and sisters were bringing their little siblings in.

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Archie Panjabi is an Emmy-winning actor and celebrity ambassador in Rotary’s “This Close” public awareness campaign

Used by permission from Rotary International

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  1. Pooja Malhotra says:

    I want to become a Polio Ambassador for give a service to the Polio.

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  3. Gracia Ottman says:

    because I want to be service for the Polio patient .

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