World Polio Day 2020

Help raise awareness this year with a #PurplePinkiePromise

The Rotary Club of Derby undertakes a number of projects to help raise awareness of Rotary’s efforts to “End Polio Now”. Over the years we have embraced the “purple4polio” campaign and have planted purple crocuses, arranged for local landmarks to be lit up purple and sold polio crocus pins.

Purple crocuses

Each year the club plants crocuses around the City planting at the University of Derby and Arboretum Park amongst others.

This year our crocuses are being planted in new locations. We gave a donation of 200 Crocus Corms to Wyndham Primary Academy in Alvaston for their new Zen Den Garden that they are developing.

On 2nd October, our Club's President and Secretary, Les and Sue Bryan met with David Brierly, Church Warden to plant hundreds of Crocus Corms at St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. The crocuses will bring lots of colour to the church grounds in the spring.

On Friday, 9th October, Club President Les Bryan and Derby Rotary Foundation Chair Olivia Dean gave a gift of 500 purple crocus bulbs to Alison Riggott from the Darley Park Wildlife Gardeners, a local group that is developing the park’s historic Herbaceous Garden into a Wildlife Garden. Alison's grandmother suffered from polio and reported that she was especially pleased to receive the crocuses, which are part of the Rotary International effort to End Polio Now.

The Rotary Club of Derby will also be presenting a plaque to explain the gift to the park and the continuing battle against polio to Janet Dean, leader of the Wildlife Gardeners.


This year we were pleased to hear that the World Health Organisation declared Africa free from Polio. 

To celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th we are asking you to make a Purple Pinkie Promise. Pledge to help raise awareness of the End Polio Now campaign by having fun, sharing pictures of painted pinkie nails and purple finger paintings. 

Make a donation to End Polio Now through our Facebook page and every £1 will be worth £3 as your donation will receive match funding through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Photos you share may feature on our Facebook page on World Polio Day on 24th October 2020.

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