A TOAST TO THE COAST: Yeppoon Rotary international director Debbie Clayton, Rotary exchange student from France, Coraline Naturel, Rotary international member Judith Henderson and president Danny Moyle in their French themed outfits to promote the club's upcoming charity event, Viva La France Gala night, to raise funds to eradicate Polio worldwide.
A TOAST TO THE COAST: Yeppoon Rotary international director Debbie Clayton, Rotary exchange student from France, Coraline Naturel, Rotary international member Judith Henderson and president Danny Moyle in their French themed outfits to promote the club's upcoming charity event, Viva La France Gala night, to raise funds to eradicate Polio worldwide. Amy Haydock

Dress up in French theme for Rotary Gala Night

CAN-CAN dancers, beret's and baguette's - escape to Paris for the night when Yeppoon Rotary Club's Viva La France Gala Night comes to town.

But there is an important cause behind all of the glitz and glamour - eradicating Polio worldwide.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person's brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.

Rotary, along with their partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide since their first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

The local committee decided to put together an exciting evening of delicious French food, champagne, entertainment and prizes, to include the community in their fundraising efforts.

International director for the club Debbie Clayton said she loved being part of Rotary for many reasons.

"Connecting with like-minded people all over the world who are committed to service of the community,” she said.

Coraline Naturel, a 17-year-old on exchange from France said she'd been having a wonderful time living on the Capricorn Coast and experiencing a very different lifestyle from her usual one back home.

"I've been here for seven months, and I go back in July,” she said.

"Australia was my first choice for this exchange.

"In May I get to travel around Australia in a bus for three weeks which I'm looking forward to. I definitely want to come back someday.”

Everyone is encouraged to dress in French fancy dress theme.

EVENT INFO

WHAT: Yeppoon Rotary Club's Viva La France Gala Night

WHERE: Keppel Bay Sailing Clubhouse, Commodore Room

WHEN: Saturday, March 18 from 7pm

TICKETS: $65 per person, phone 4939 9500 to book



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