Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Joined forces in 2016 with the Royal Horticultural Society to plant over 7 million purple crocus bulbs across Britain and Ireland as part of their ‘Purple 4 Polio’ effort, to raise awareness and funds for the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.
When Rotary made the commitment to the WHO, in 1985, to help eradicate Polio, more than 350,000 children a year were paralysed by the disease. Through Rotary’s efforts that figure had reduced to less than 20 last year.
The 'Purple 4 Polio' campaign, named after the marker dye which colours the little finger of every child who is given the anti polio vaccine, aims to reduce that figure to zero and Rotary clubs across Britain and Ireland have planted over 7million crocus bulbs in support of the effort.
In Biddulph, Rotary teamed up with ‘Biddulph in Bloom’ to plant 5000 bulbs, after deciding that the grassy area around the roundabout at the south end of the bypass would be a suitable location, that would provide a colourful backdrop in Spring.
This spring the crocuses are giving a superb show to remind everybody that the fight to end polio for ever is almost won.