Purple 4 Polio
The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 Help Local Primary Schools Plant 5000 Crocuses as Part of Rotary’s Purple4Polio Campaign
Rotary International’s present campaign ‘Purple4Polio’ aims to plant millions of purple crocus corms across the country to help raise awareness of how important it is to end polio now and forever. The purple crocus is a symbol of this campaign, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.
In October 2017 we donated 1000 crocus corms to each of 5 local primary schools: three in Southam : Southam Primary, St Mary’s Catholic School and St James C of E Primary, and also Long Itchington C of E Primary School and Napton St Lawrence C of E Primary School. A team worked hard during October helping pupils to plant the crocus corms by making the holes in the ground with large garden forks as well as explaining to the pupils and their teachers about the importance of why this is being done.