Blooming marvellous!

Focus on the Crocus February 2013

Purple crocus at Lower luton Road, Harpenden

Three years ago, Rotarians up and down the country planted purple crocus bulbs in and around their local communities. This was intended to provide a permanent reminder of Rotary Day (February 23rd) and of the Thanks for Life / Focus on the Crocus campaign. Rotarians from St Albans and Harpenden planted corms at several locations around the district and particularly at the Lower Luton Road, opposite Batford Mill. Unfortunately no flowers appeared in the following spring and we thought that the idea had not been a success but, delayed by late start to Spring this year, there is a wonderful display of purple blooms.

The Thanks for Life / Focus on the Crocus campaign is designed to remind us all about the plan to rid the world of Polio and the purple is the colour of the dye used to dip a child's finger after immunisation. In February 2012 we welcomed the news that India has now been declared POLIO FREE for the last twelve months This leaves only three countries where the disease is endemic. We are THAT close to ridding the world of this horrible affliction, so don't stop now.

For more information about action by Rotary International to rid the world of polio, go to

http://www.ribi.org/what-we-do/RIBI-projects/polio-eradication

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