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Otley Lions raise cash to help with bid to fight measles around world
12:00pm Sunday 3rd March 2013 in Local news
An Otley Lions stall has raised more than £300 to support a global measles vaccination campaign.
The group, which has already donated £1,000 to the One Shot One Life initiative, sold books and bric-a-brac and accepted donations at Otley Buttercross last Saturday.
The £303.54 proceeds will be combined with other contributions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-led campaign, with the foundation increasing all donations by 50 per cent.
Otley Lions' publicity officer Patrick McCauley said: "We thank everyone who donated money, goods or time to make the event such a success - the proceeds will facilitate 683 life-saving vaccinations.
"Specific thanks go to Colourfusion of Otley, for producing an eye-catching advertising banner at a vastly reduced cost."
Measles is a major killer in the developing world, with 450 children dying from the disease every day. Vaccinations cost just 67p each.
Visit otleylions.org.uk for more details about the project and the group's other fundraising work.