Rotary purple crocus

Rotary going Purple for a polio-free world!

Rotary Going Purple

We are very close to fulfilling Rotary’s promise when we started our campaign to rid the world of polio in 1985 and we all need to work together to be able to cross the finishing line. This stage is absolutely critical in the fight against polio and makes it ever more important that all Rotarians renew and strengthen their advocacy and fundraising efforts to eradicate this disease and fulfill our promise to the world.



Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is delighted to introduce our latest campaign to support and encourage Rotarians to play a real part in the making of history; Purple4Polio.

As The Rotary Foundation moves towards its centenary year and with the chance to eradicate polio now closer than ever before thanks to the efforts of Rotarians across the world, it is important we keep fighting and finish the job. This means continuing our support now and for at least three years after the last case of polio is reported, in order for the world to officially be declared polio free.

Purple4Polio will provide Rotarians with a host of ideas, resources and initiatives to help them with their activities to raise funds and awareness for polio eradication.

Purple4Polio Crocus Corm Planting

Clubs in Rotary Breat britain and Ireland have planted 7 million cros corms in Autumn 2016.

Many clubs within our own district have planted purple crocus corms in readiness for them to appear in Spring 2017. In total, clubs within Rotary South East have planted 310,000 purple crocus corms. 

Why purple?

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

Rotary SE clubs can order boxes of 5000 purple crocus corms now from the District Foundation Chairman.

Resources can be accessed through Purple4Polio

Purple4Polio Menu

Other ideas on how you can get involved are available from the Purple4Polio Menu.