Polio Eradication

Blackpool Palatine planted a number of crocus bulbs around the Blackpool area to publicise the polio eradication programme.

Rotary Clubs throughout the UK and Ireland planted millions of crocus bulbs last autumn to draw attention to Rotary International's polio eradication programme, which started over 30 years ago. Over 2.5 billion children around the world have been vaccinated against the crippling disease since then. Polios is on the verge of being eradicated with only 35 cases having been reported last year. This compares to an estimated 300,000 cases that were reported in 1985

The Crocus was chosen as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.

The Rotary Club of Blackpool Palatine donated these crocus flowers with generous assistance from Glasdon UK Ltd, Blackpool.

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