End Polio Now

Rotary International has been working since 1988 to eradicate polio worldwide. In 1988 the disease was endemic in 69 countries and there were over 300,000 cases a year. By 201 polio was still endemic in just 3 countries and there were just 21 cases.

Rotary International has been working since 1988 to eradicate polio worldwide.  In 1988 the disease was endemic in 69 countries and there were over 300,000 cases a year.  By the end of 2017 polio was still endemic in just 3 countries and there were just 21 cases.

We are still working hard to eradicate the disease totally, and we raise funds and hold events to promote our work.

In November 2016 we planted 5000 crocus bulbs, mainly in the Pocket Park (Recreation Ground) at New Road (see photo).  The remainder were planted in the grounds of St. Peter's Church with the help of local Cub Scouts.  In November 2017 we planted more bulbs and we look forward to seeing them all grow in 2018.

The purple crocus has been adopted as the emblem of the End Polio Now campaign, as this is the colour of dye used to mark the little finger of each child as he/she is immunised in the Asian and African countries where this is needed.

The cost of the crocuses has been met by our club members, but any contribution to our Trust Account would be most welcome.

We are also working to erect a sign at the Pocket Park to mark our work there. 

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