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Rotarians promote awareness of End Polio Now Campaign at RHS Hyde Hall Gardens

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In 2016, Rotarians from five clubs in Essex got together to plant 30,000 purple crocus bulbs at the entrance to RHS Hyde Hall gardens. When the crocuses came into bloom in March 2017, many of the Rotarians returned to promote awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign.

On Saturday 9th March 2018, a number of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill and the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay again attended Hyde Hall when the crocuses were in bloom to promote awareness of the continuing progress of the campaign. Since the campaign was instigated by a Rotarian in the Philippines in 1985, when there were 350,000 incidences of this life-changing and life-threatening disease in 125 countries, Rotary International has been joined by other organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation and National Governments.  2.5 billion children have been immunised. 13 million cases of polio have been prevented and the campaign has reduced the incidences of polio to 22 cases of Wild Polio Virus in 2 countries in 2017.  The campaign is on the brink of eliminating the disease completely, but the work must go on as the world has to be disease-free for three years before it can be declared to be eradicated. See more at www.endpolio.org