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。
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。
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. ”
By Ryan Hyland