World Polio Day

Thu 24th October 2019

Planting purple crocus corms

World Polio day

World Polio Day

24th October is World Polio Day; the day we celebrate Rotary's achievements in helping to eradicate polio from this world. 

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Since 1985, Rotary International has been part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative; a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.

Planting Purple Crocus Corms

On 24th October, members of our club will once again be planting purple crocus corms so they will be in full bloom on Rotary Day in February 2020. The planting will take place at Phoenix House.

Purple is the colour of a dye used to mark the fingers of children to show they have been vaccinated against polio, and so purple has become the colour associated with polio eradication.