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Rotary clubs, community groups and friends and family planted 340,000 crocus corms across the Thames Valley in October and November. Now we have great displays of purple for all to see and for all to be reminded of the fight to End Polio. See the planting photos.
Gerry in Thatcham claimed to have the first flower, but a few of us think he was cheating, keeping the pot inside.
Lovely displays of flowers in Clanfield and Faringdon, planted by members of Faringdon & District Rotary Club with friends and family.
Let's hope that the mass of purple on the roundabouts in Bicester doesn't turn too many heads - or at least not the heads of drivers. Read more in the Bicester Advertiser.
Banbury surely must qualify for the title of 'most purple town in the country' as 47,700 corms were planted last autumn to add to those already planted in previous years. As these bright purple gems burst into bloom all over the town, Banbury Rotary Club celebrated with their now legendary Crocus Concerts in St Mary's Church on 7th and 9th March with stunning performances from young musicians attending the secondary schools in the area. £3000 was raised from the concerts, enabling the Club to send £7000 to date for polio eradication. Read all about it in the Banbury Guardian and the Witney Gazette.Witney Rotary Club planted in Carterton, Thatcham Rotarians planted through the town.
more District resources, links to RIBI and RI pages and to the World Polio Eradication Initiative pages
more report of a presentation in Oxford on 14th October 2019 by Dr Abdi Mahamud, the Polio Eradication Initiative National Team Leader for the World Health Organisation in Pakistan
more Following the success of our crocus planting over the last two years, find out how your Rotary Club or RHS Group can help paint District 1090 in the Thames Valley even more Purple4Polio in the Spring of 2021.
more from 23rd to 30th April 2020 the World Health Organisation, Rotary and their partners promote the importance of vaccinations
more the history of polio, the vaccine and the eradication programme
more Rotary's polio campaign is supported by many famous faces
more Rotary clubs and their Purple4Polio partners all over the District are well under-way with their crocus planting to raise awareness for End Polio Now.
more response to reports of a polio vaccine shortage
back Rotary's remarkable commitment. Working with an incredible network of people, we really are so close to eradicating polio.