Maybe you have already seen people wearing crocus badges around Aireborough. If not,don’t worry, you should see about 5,000 purple crocuses blooming next Spring after primary school children across Aireborough have been battling snow and rain to plant crocus corms to help raise money and awareness of the End Polio Now campaign that Rotary International has been running since the 1980s.
Purple, by the way, is the colour used to mark the pinkie fingers of the children who have been vaccinated in the final push to eradicate polio completely. Polio, a sometimes fatal, and always life changing disease was once endemic in the World. In 1988,for example, there were 350.00 cases world wide and now:
“There have been just 28 cases of polio across the world in 2016 to 2nd Nov, the lowest ever in a single year, meaning we are closer than ever to eradicating polio once and for all.” [Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland 2016]
We will bring more news and pictures of the success of the crocus bulb planting in the Spring but in the meantime look out for the Purple Crocus Badges and perhaps follow some of the links below for more information about this inspiring work.
UNICEF have a five minute film You are there:on the road to making polio history ,narrated by Ewan McGregor, and a more detailed report on the international partnerships to eradicate polio UNICEF Eradicating polio
Finally if you are really keen there is a 50 minute Rotary International video prepared for World Polio day Oct 2016
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