Crocuses on roadside verge

This report is about planting crocuses to remind public about Rotary's involvement in eradicating Polio throughout the world

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 Purple Crocuses

On a fine Sunday morning in October the Community Service team turned out to plant about one thousand Crocus corms on a grass verge next to the traffic lights at Lower Brook in Sandbach. The public will be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers in spring.

It was part of the "Purple4Polio" project by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RGBI) to raise awareness about the attempt to eradicate the last remnant of polio that still persists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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

Since Rotary and its partners began fighting polio thirty years ago, the number of cases has decreased by over 99 per cent from 350,000 cases a year to only 12 reported cases in 2017.  However, the mass vaccination still continues throughout the world.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give £2 for every £1 raised by Rotary to rid the world of this dreadful disease.

Bill Whittaker (Community Services Chairman)