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October 30, 2018

Planting purple crocuses for polio at St Michael’s

Club members joined members of the church to plant 1,000 crocus corms in front of the new church entrance on Sunday 28th October. Experienced gardeners joined beginners and the general consensus was that even if planted upside down, the small corms were clever enough to right themselves.

Why do we do this? Well across Britain and Ireland we refer to Purple 4 Polio and the purple represents the mark put on a child’s finger when she or she receives a polio vaccination during mass immunisation campaigns in countries such as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the mid 1980s when Rotary started it’s End Polio Now campaign, there were 350,000 cases of polio each year in over 120 countries. In 2018 there have been 20 cases to date and the disease is endemic in just three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

To read lots of amazing stories about the polio campaign and to read about how Rotary works with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, visit the Global Polio Eradication Initiative website

We look forward to a purple display around the new tree in February and March.

the new tree in front of the new Threshold at the church – ready for planting

all smiles

taking a quick break

working hard