Working with local schools to inform about Rotary's 'End Polio' campaign.
A total of 5,000 crocus corms were distributed and planted last year and this year, again, we bought and arranged for planting of another 5,000 purple crocuses. These have been distributed to local schools and organisations and among Rotary members. The final 1600 bulbs were planted in the greensward along Melford Road by a team of Rotary volunteers in early November.
The crocuses provide recognition of Rotary International’s drive to rid the world of polio - the purple colour is used as a dye, which is applied to children’s fingers in Africa and Pakistan when they are vaccinated. The disease is now limited to a few cases each year in only four countries and is unknown to youngsters in Britain, but planting the crocuses gives the schools the opportunity to focus on the problems children face in the Third World.