A group from Eastleigh Rotary planting crocuses outside M&S Food Hall in Eastleigh. Keep an eye out in early Spring for the purple flowers. The purple crocuses are raising awareness of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. Over the past 5 years Eastleigh Rotary has planted over 20,000 crocuses around the Borough
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary members across the world have contributed more than £1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $7.4 billion to the effort.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.