Since 1985 Rotary International has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, that has spanned 200 countries, utilised 20 million volunteers, immunised over 2 billion children, probably spared 5 million from disability and averted more than a million deaths.
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised. A life-saving oral polio vaccine costs just 20p and Rotary Clubs started a campaign in 1985 to immunise all the children of the world. Over 2 billion children have been immunised and the disease has almost been wiped out but still exists in a few poorer countries.
Annually, we plant purple crocuses around the town to remind everybody that there is still work to be done to wipe it out completely.
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This year Rotary's theme is "Serve to Change Lives". One of the many ways we do this is by volunteering our services to community groups, for fundraising activities and for general support where our community needs us.more