Polio campaign blossoms through crocus planting efforts in Chipping Sodbury

November 30 2016

PURPLE flowers will bloom in Chipping Sodbury next spring to highlight a continuing campaign to eradicate polio around the world.

The Sodbury In Bloom team and Rotary Club members planting crocuses at Smart’s Green roundabout, Chipping Sodbury.

PURPLE flowers will bloom in Chipping Sodbury next spring to highlight a continuing campaign to eradicate polio around the world.
Although the disease has been confined to history books in the UK and other countries through vaccination, many parts of the developing world were unable to afford an immunisation programme.
That left many children at risk of developing polio and it was widespread in 125 countries 30 years ago.
Through the World Health Organisation, Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a health programme has resulted in the disease now occurring widely in just Pakistan and Afghanistan.     
But efforts are still needed to wipe out polio completely and Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, Sodbury in Bloom and several local schools have joined forces to help spread the word and to raise money for the project, with all cash raised doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ian Lowe, president of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, said: “End Polio Now has involved several hundred school children and with the Sodbury in Bloom team they have planted more than 12,000 crocus bulbs.
“These will produce purple flowers in school grounds and public spaces around Chipping Sodbury.
“The purple crocus is a symbol of the purple marker that is used on a child’s finger to confirm that they had been vaccinated against polio.”  
Donations to the campaign can be sent via cheque, made out to the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, to treasurer Anthony Bourne at 3 Meadow Mead, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2BQ. Please mark the envelope End Polio Now.