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Part of the nationwide Big Bulb Plant to enhance the Bicester landscape and help End Polio Now!
Saturday 2 October 2010: Big Bulb Plant
Pingle Field, Bicester 11.00am-12 noon
A huge thanks to all those who came along to Pingle Field to help Bicester Rotary Club plant crocus corms along the Floral path that leads from Bicester Village into the town. It was a superb sunny morning with families, clubs, street wardens, passers by all joining in the fun. The Town Mayor gave a hand too and we managed to plant 5,000 corms in an hour! Only 5,000 more to go. Many of our lovely volunteers offered to come back on another day to help.
November: Just in the nick of time we managed to get the remaining corms planted! Grateful thanks to Ist Bicester Cubs, Kirtlington Cubs and Bicester Army Cadets.
Everyone said how much they were looking forward to February and seeing the fruits of their community effort to make Bicester more beautiful and remembering the significance of Purple.
The purple crocuses are a symbol of Rotary International's campaign to End Polio Now. After children are immunised they have their little fingers (Pinkies) painted Purple.
The campaign is working! Only four countries remain endemic: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Latest news from the World Health Organisation: India no reported cases for 2 months; Nigeria 99% drop in new cases!
We're within the Final Inch - don't stop now!!
Good News! Since these pictures were taken India has been polio-free for two years. We really are 'This Close' to eradicating polio for ever.