Purple Pinkies to Push Out Polio

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.crocus_smallpurple-pinkie2

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.

Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign   with Ade Adapitan Purple4Polio Ambassador.

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

If you would like to join us, support us or sponsor us  in this campaign,or our other community work you would be most welcome.  For more information about the Club please find us on Facebook Aireborough Rotary Club

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phone 07599 557410




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