Tue 1st November 2016 at 10.00 - Sun 30th April 2017 - 23.45

Club partners Gileston Wales in Bloom Group

Purple4Polio crocuses in Gileston

The Rotary Club of Llantwit Major is helping to rid the world of polio by supporting the nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio. The campaign, which was launched by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, to encourage everyone to join together in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide. There have been promising steps, with just 18 cases of polio recorded in the last year. To make a polio free world a reality, Rotary, who started the campaign to eradicate polio more than 30 years ago and has spearheaded this major health initiative ever since, is determined to raise awareness and funds to finish off the job.

Charles Anderson, President of the Rotary Club of Llantwit Major commented: “As a club we have worked tirelessly to help to ensure that polio is eradicated for good, and with fewer cases being reported we believe we can end this deadly disease forever.”

As part of the campaign, Rotary clubs across the UK have teamed with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom community groups to transform public spaces and brighten up local communities by planting purple crocus corms. The RHS Wales in Bloom group in the tiny village of Gileston, in partnership with Llantwit Major Rotary Club, planted 5,000 purple crocus corms in autumn 2016, which has resulted in a colourful floral display.

The colour purple was chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days when literally millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease. across the world. The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just 2, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary’s latest campaign is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of what the world is hoping will be the final efforts to eradicate polio forever.

The campaign importantly ties in with the 100th 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 thousands of other humanitarian projects both locally in Great Britain and Ireland, and internationally.

President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Eve Conway says: “The world stands on the brink of an historic milestone and we must focus our efforts on the final push to eradicate this disease to ensure a polio-free world. We are now so close to finishing the job with only two remaining countries where polio is still endemic, Pakistan and Afghanistan. That is why the Purple4Polio campaign is so important to raise awareness and funds. Let’s join together to make history and End Polio Now and Forever.”