GET MOVING TO END POLIO
Create community awareness by getting involved in our Community Crocus Competition and help eliminate polio from the face of the earth.
For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.
The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of , Rotary’s own charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.
This years theme is 1240 miles: Get moving to end Polio.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only two countries where wild poliovirus cases are being reported, and the length of the border between those countries is the inspiration behind a new annual Purple4Poliofundraising activity to help Rotary End Polio Now
The length of the border is classed as “more than 1,240 miles” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), so the idea is to incorporate the number 1,240 into the Get Moving to End Polio challenge to raise funds to eradicate polio.
Our Club Project:
With your support here in Newton-le-Willows you will be helping to make history by joining millions of Rotarians and supporters across the globe raising awareness, funds and support to wipe polio off the face of the earth. Polio is a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
We will be again distributing 5,000 crocus corms amongst a number of our partner organisations who will plant these in prominent locations within our community to coincide with World Polio Day, Thursday October 24.
Next spring when hopefully the crocuses flower we will hold another competition and networking event to judge the best display and the winning organisation will get a donation from our club.
The Newton Gardeners’ Association, Chairman, Malcolm Greenhaugh will again be judging the entries and will also be giving technical advice to those organisations that require it. Last years winners were Penkford school who set a high standard.
All we ask from our participating organisations is that they use their social media and websites to promote our campaign and if they so wish also help us raise money for the campaign. Last year our club donated £1000 to the fund which included a number of community events and a kind donation from Wargrave House School who gave us the proceeds from their harvest festival.
This years participating organisations are:
Newton Boys and Girls Club: Victoria Musk
Business for Youth: Terry Maguire
Newton and Earlestown Community Group: Vicky LLewelyn
Earlestown Cricket Club: Karl Allen
Sankey Valley Canal Restoration Society (SCARS): Colin Greenhall
Newton Community Hospital: Dawn Green and Ian Parr
Newton Community Centre: Nicola Harrison
St Patrick's Parish Centre: Julie Whitehead
Mesnes Park Bowlers: Alan Parr
Mesnes Park Allotments: Graham Leese
Burtonwood in Bloom: Austin Polding
Nugent Horticultural Training Centre, Lime House: Chris Gunnill
Penkford School: Chris Langevelt
Wargrave House School: Michelle Henigan
Diistrict C of E School: Debbie Sutcliffe
Wargrave CP School: Lynn Dove
St Peters School: Paul Robinson
St Mary's Primary School: Katherine Grange
Crocuses corms this year will be planted by Thursday 24 October which is World Polio Day.
The competition will be judged early spring. Exact timing will be determined by the weather and the type of winter we have had.
This is a joint effort between the three service committees and is meant to promote awareness of the Purple4Polio campaign in our community and schools.
For further details also see our Celebrating World Polio Day Events page.