It happened today - 27 October

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On 27th October 2011, Fernando Alonso took part in an event organised by UNICEF at the same time as the first Indian Grand Prix. As an ambassador to the UN, the Spaniard was part of a campaign against polio and he visited the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya paediatric hospital in New Delhi, where he administered the polio vaccine to a group of young patients. The objective of the campaign was to raise awareness within the country about the importance of vaccination against this terrible illness. “The fight against polio has made enormous progress in India, to the extent that there has not been a case of it recorded since last January,” said Fernando to a group of journalists at the event. “There is still much to do because it is vital that every infant is given the vaccine in order for the illness to be wiped off the face of the earth. It’s important for me to be here and to be able to do, in some small way, something useful. Of course, a hospital is always a place that creates strong emotions, which are usually hard to digest, but to see these infants, who despite the fact they are in a very difficult situation, still manage to find a way to smile and to have hope for the future, is something which always touches me deeply.”

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