World Polio Day
Published: 24 October 2017
World Polio Day – 24 October 2017
For over 30 years, Rotary and its
international members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across
the world. Thanks to their work, the
amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over
2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations.
To raise awareness and celebrate
the success of the “End Polio Now” campaign, the Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and
Chigwell Rotary Club has donated purple crocuses to several local organisations. Beneficiaries include the Chigwell Riding
Trust, the Grow community allotment project, Loughton Town Council, St Mary’s
Church in Chigwell, Trinity Church in Mannock Drive, Loughton, and the Leonard
Cheshire Home in Chigwell.
Last Friday, Rotary Club
chairman, Fran Maskell, with some of the club’s volunteers, joined Loughton town
mayor, Philip Abraham and councillor David Wixley at the Murray Hall in Borders
Lane to help with the planting of a 1,000 crocus corms at the front of the
The purple crocus is the symbol
of Rotary’s worldwide campaign, with its colour representing the purple dye
used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life
saving oral polio vaccine.
For more information on this campaign visit: https://www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/purple4polio/