World Polio Day

Wed 24th October 2018 at 10.00 am - 11.00 am

Purple crocuses are planted to mark the day and the start of the programme to plant thousand more crocuses across our area.

World Polio Day on Wednesday 24th October 2018

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. ... The polio  virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

This is one of the biggest dates in the Rotary calendar. The Purple4Polio campaign has been one of the most effective ways to bring the message into the community and we celebrated the day with a planting of purple crocuses.