End Polio Now
Planting Crocus Bulbs
The Rotary Club of Roundhay is grateful to have the support of the Parks Department at Roundhay Park, Leeds to deliver a nationwide initiative in planting purple crocus corms to raise awareness of Purple4Polio for a polio free world. With help from children from the local Brownie pack we intend to brighten up a popular area of the Soldiers Field, Princes Avenue at Roundhay Park by planting up to 5000 crocus corms on 29th October 2016. The colour purple has been chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days when literally millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease.
To make a polio free world a reality, Rotary, who started the campaign to eradicate polio more than 30 years ago, has spearheaded this major health initiative ever since. There have been promising steps, with just 18 cases of polio recorded this year. As a result, the number of polio-endemic countries has fallen from 125 in 1985 to just 2 by 2016. To help achieve this, over 2.5 billion children globally have received vaccinations since 1985. Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5 and is a crippling and potentially infectious disease. It costs just 20p to protect a child with a life changing polio vaccine. With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary’s latest campaign is designed to raise awareness in local communities. It also ties in with the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in facilitating polio eradication. We are now closer than we have ever been in ensuring polio is only the second human disease to be eradicated worldwide in history and are determined to raise awareness and funds to finish off the job.