Purple 4 Polio
Poynton Rotary Club have purchased 5000 purple crocuses (crocus tommasinianus) which we, with the help Poynton in Bloom, have planted in some of the roadside grass verges in Poynton. After around 5 months they are popping through the grass with a blaze of purple colour all over Poynton.
This is part of the Purple4Polio campaign to celebrate the centenary of the Rotary Foundation, and to raise awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign.
For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects everywhere.