A Brighter Brora Thanks To Polio Crocus Planting

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Brora Primary Rotakids were out in force at the entrance to the village next to the Brighter Brora Flower display. A huge heart shaped area had been prepared for planting Polio Crocus corms.

Why you may ask, but the purple crocus is the emblem of the Polio eradication effort because when children in developing countries are vaccinated the sugar lump system is used. Many kids sneaked back into the queue to get another “sweetie” so the system was that every child who was vaccinated had their “pinkie” dipped in purple dye so that they did not get an over dose of vaccine - then someone said their “pinkies” looked like a purple crocus -so now you know!
The Brora children have planted 4,500 crocus corms so that everyone who comes North into Brora will be given a heart-felt welcome to the village every March / April when they come into flower, and to remind everyone involved of the need to wipe out the Polio disease once and for all.

All the club members enthusiastically turned into agriculture and gardening experts as they carefully planted the corms, sifted the soil and when everything was done they re-laid the turf so that the flowers can be protected over the winter until it is time for them to burst into one big Purple Heart.

Picture shows Miss Mackenzie with teachers and Linda Graham from Rotary supervising the Rotakids team as they plant their Purple Heart.