小兒麻痹歌手唐納文化身為小兒麻痹大使

名人堂歌手及小兒麻痹倖存者唐納文.李奇最近成為扶輪根除小兒麻痹大使

 

以「唐納文」之名享譽樂壇的小兒麻痹歌手唐納文.李奇Donovan Leitch,已加入扶輪的陣線,一同根除這個讓他在童年時期飽受煎熬的致殘疾病。

 

今年70歲的唐納文生於蘇格蘭格拉斯高(Glasgow),3歲時染上小兒麻痹,導致右腳萎縮,和左腳相比又瘦又短。這位入選搖滾樂名人堂的歌手說,他在兒時長期臥床,但他的父親總會念詩給他聽。

 

唐納文最近接受英國「每日快報」(Daily Express)專訪時透露,聽著父親念詩,激起了他對詞曲創作的興趣。「要不是那樣的經驗,過去半個世紀以來,或許我就不會著手去寫和唱我自己的歌曲。」

 

最近成為扶輪根除小兒麻痹大使的唐納文說:「我深信,某一方面的殘疾會驅使人更積極探索其他方面的才華。」

 

唐納文錄製過數張熱門專輯和單曲,暢銷英、美等多國。他的代表作包括「Mellow Yellow」及「Hurdy Gurdy Man」。唐納文曾與披頭四共同創作出「黃色潛水艇」Yellow Submarine等經典歌曲,也曾與樂壇巨星巴布.狄倫Bob Dylan及瓊.拜雅Joan Baez同台演出。

 

「在成長路上,小兒麻痹從來不是我的阻力。雖然長短腳並不有趣,但我四處走動向來不成問題。」唐納文說:「幸好,在音樂界,大家只對我的自彈自唱感興趣,而不是關注我兩腳的長短。」

 

身為扶輪的根除小兒麻痹大使,唐納文將支援由英愛國際扶輪與英國皇家園藝學會(The Royal Horticultural Society)合辦的Purple4Polio計畫。以紫色作為代表色,是因為兒童們只要曾在免疫活動期間服用小兒麻痹口服疫苗,保健員就會用一種不易掉色的紫色墨水滴在他們的手指上作為標記。

 

「我加入的理由很簡單,因為我是得過小兒麻痹的過來人,而且我想讓全世界知道,這個疾病就快要被根除了。」唐納文說:「這件事很重要。我想要盡一份力,因為臨門一腳總是最困難的。」

 

現在就請上網http://www.endpolio.org/donate捐獻協助根除小兒麻痹

 

撰文:Ryan Hyland

扶輪新聞Rotary News

2016年8月18日


 

HALL OF FAME SINGER DONOVAN BECOMES A ROTARY POLIO AMBASSADOR

Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood.

 

Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry.

 

In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I hadn’t had that experience maybe I wouldn’t have gone on to write and sing my own songs for the past half a century.

 

“I feel strongly that having a disability in one area makes you explore others instead. That was the case for me after having polio,” says Donovan, who recently became a Rotary polio ambassador.

 

Donovan went on to record several hit albums and singles in the UK, United States, and other countries. His top singles include “Mellow Yellow” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man.” Donovan collaborated with The Beatles on songs including “Yellow Submarine” and has shared the stage with musical icons Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

 

“Having had polio never held me back as I got older. Although having one leg smaller than the other isn’t much fun I could always get about without any trouble,” Donovan says. “Luckily in the music industry everyone was only interested in my singing and playing and not the size of my legs.”

 

As a Rotary polio ambassador, Donovan will support the Purple4Polio campaign, a collaboration between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society. The purple represents the colored dye that health workers use during immunization campaigns to mark the fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.

 

“It was very easy to join this campaign because I had polio, and I wanted to tell everybody that it’s almost eradicated around the world,” Donovan says. “This is very important. I want to help with that last push, which is always the hardest. ”

 

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By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News

18-Aug-2016