For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have committed to eradicate polio across the world – and with incredible results.
In that time the number 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. In 2017 to date there are now just 13 new cases reported in the whole world. The aim is to completely eradicate this paralysing disease by 2019 – and we are nearly there!
Purple 4 Polio is a Rotary Britain and Ireland campaign designed to raise awareness of this continuing struggle and the need for a final push. By the symbolic planting of purple crocuses each year we raise awareness of the work done by Rotary International, with welcome generous support from the Bill Gates Foundation.
Why purple? Whenever a child is immunized against polio, s/he is marked with a purple dye to help keep track of who’s yet to be vaccinated.
Llandudno Rotary’s 2017 new bulb planting is happening at Queens Park Road Park, Craig y Don, Holy Trinity Church and various locations in and around Rowen Village.
Rowen’s little helpers from the pre-school club at the Memorial Hall start off the Llandudno Rotary Club’s 2017 crocus planting season