Planting Crocus Corms on World Polio Day

Tue 24th October 2017 at 10.00 - 15.00

Local scouts and cubs will join Rotary members to plant purple crocus corms in the village green to mark World Polio Day

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.

With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good. The campaign ties in with the 100 year 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 hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.

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 to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

World Polio Day is on Tuesday 24thOctober 2017 and the Rotary Club of Washington Forge, supported by local scouts and cubs, intends to mark this day by holding an event during which 5000 purple crocus corms will be planted in Liberty Green, Washington Village.