Pupils get Planting For Polio

Purple4Polio Campaign Gains Momentum in Torrington

Rtn Sue Evely and students from GTS plan the planting of crocuses for Polio Plus

GTS pupils join thousands of primary and secondary school pupils planting purple crocus bulbs this week as part of a project by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to stamp out polio across the globe.

Great Torrington School have received special Grown Your Own Crocus packs from Torrington Rotary Club and Mrs Sue Evely, Rotarian joined Mrs Linda Oke, GTS Learning Support Assistant and pupils to plant the first bulbs at the front of school.

In 1985 Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative.

In 2010 Rotary partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to add $555 million to the the eradication of polio worldwide.  In 2011 Rotary funding for PolioPlus passed $1billion.

So far in 2016 there have been 29 new cases of polio.

More information about PolioPlus can be found at http://www.endpolionow.org and at http://www.polioeradication.org