Planting purple crocuses for Polio campaign

Knaresborough Rotarians have been out planting crocuses as part of their work in educating children about Polio.


Knaresborough Rotarians have been out planting crocuses as part of their work in educating children about Polio. How does that work you ask? Well the purple crocuses are a reminder of the purple dye used to mark the left little finger, the ‘purple pinkie’, of children given the Polio vaccine by immunisation teams in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan where Polio is still endemic.

Marking World Polio day on 24th October, Knaresborough Rotarians were assisted by pupils at Aspin Park School, St Mary’s School and Queen Ethelburga’s College to plant purple crocuses.

Polio was eradicated from the UK in 1982 and children in this country still receive the Polio vaccine.  Amongst the survivors of childhood Polio is TV celebrity Mary Berry, of ‘Bake-off’ fame, who describes the experience in her autobiography. Other well-known survivors include Mia Farrow, golfer Gary Player, actor Don Sutherland, historian David Starkey, Arch-bishop Desmond Tutu and the late John Thaw.