Eradication of Polio

Along with Rotary clubs across the world, we are determined to eradicate Polio in the world

What is the connection between planting of crocuses and the eradication of Polio 

For over 35 years Rotary has been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.

The Purple4Polio activities suggested by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland are to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now, Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio across the world.

When a child receives their life-saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their polio vaccine.

Rotary’s pledge for a polio free world was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries and hundreds of new cases every single day. In the past few years, only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus but no child anywhere is safe until every child has been fully vaccinated.

Thanks to Rotary, and the support of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there are now just two countries still classed as endemic: Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To finish the job, over 2 billion doses of oral vaccine still have to be delivered to more than 400 million children each year in over 50 countries each year.

Therefore, Rotary clubs plant crocus corms every year to raise awareness of our efforts to eradicate polio.

We will be planting corms every autumn in and around Westbury.
This year we will be planting crocuses along Bitham Park and to the grassed area near the memorial on the green at All Saints Church.

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Planting crocuses along Bitham Park

Along with Rotary clubs across the world, we are determined to eradicate Polio in the world


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