Crocusses In Bloom
Purple 4 Polio
As reported in The Ayrshire Post autumn 2016, The Rotary Club of Alloway, with the help of South Ayrshire Council’s Parks and Recreation Department, planted 10,000 crocus corms beside Murdoch’s Loan near Alloway Parish Church and the Burns Museum. In a rare display of co-operation, nature has helped most of them to come into flower and provided the sunshine to enhance our enjoyment of them.
The display is designed to draw attention to ‘Purple for Polio’ and especially to Alloway Rotary’s efforts for this supremely worthy and effective campaign. The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.
Twenty-five years ago 350,000 children a year in 125 countries were being afflicted with polio. Since then, the efforts of the Rotary Foundation, working with the World Health Organisation and with very generous support from the Gates Foundation, have reduced the number of victims to single figures, in only three countries. If we don’t let up, there is every chance that the world will be free of polio very soon.
This year, The Rotary Club of Alloway is concentrating its fundraising efforts for international causes on the Purple for Polio campaign. The major fund raiser will be annual Duck Race, which will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017. Don’t miss it! There will also be a concert on 23rd September. Put that in your diary too!