For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.
The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.
Purple4Polio Crocus Corms Planting 2017
The Purple4Polio crocus corm planting 2016 was a huge success with nearly 7 million purple corms being planted across Great Britain and Ireland resulting in a carpet of purple in communities during spring 2017.
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.
This year, we are aiming to go even further and plant 10 million purple crocus corms! Get your green fingers at the ready.
Rotary and the Royal Horticultural Society partnership continues
The continuing partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (Rotary) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will see Rotary clubs, Britain in Bloom groups and other RHS community gardening groups further developing this joint initiative to plant a target of 10 million purple crocus corms in their local communities in Autumn 2017.
This partnership allows community planting and flowering to raise the profile of Rotary Purple4Polio whilst also helping the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign. It will bring a wide cross section of communities together to transform public spaces, brighten up local areas and benefit local wildlife, including bees, by planting this rich source of nectar. To get involved contact your local Rotary club.
Please note the crocus species being used are Ruby Giant. Children should be supervised at all times and crocus corms should not be ingested. Crocus species are not toxic to people, however, if signs of sickness are seen medical advice should be sought immediately.
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