7,000 more crocuses planted in the local community
Members and friends of The Rotary Club of Church & Oswaldtwistle were again out planting crocuses this weekend, in the local community. Planting takes place each year of mixed coloured crocuses, which is to help complement the original planting in 2010, of purple-only crocus bulbs, which was to help draw the public’s attention to the eradication of polio going on around the world. Each time a child is vaccinated against this disease, his/her little finger is dipped in purple dye to ensure there are no double doses given and no child missed!
Rotary International has announced in the run up to World Polio Day on 24 October that the effort to eradicate polio is to receive an additional US$44.7m. The funds will support the immunisation programmes, surveillance and research led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018. This follows hot on the heels of the news that Rotarians in Great Britain, Ireland and around the world have raised US$100m since the start of the year to support polio eradication.
Polio is set to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world since the elimination of smallpox. To date Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the transmission of polio through mass immunisation of children, leaving only three countries now where polio remains endemic, Afghanistan, Pakistan & Nigeria. Rotary’s new funding commitment targets these countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but totally vaccine preventable, disease.