Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio is highlighted by crocus planting at Spalding parish church

Rotarians plant their crocuses at St Mary and St Nicolas Church. SG241016-103TW
Rotarians plant their crocuses at St Mary and St Nicolas Church. SG241016-103TW

Members of South Holland Rotary Club planted 5,000 purple-flowering crocus bulbs at St Mary and St Nicolas Parish Church, Spalding, as a reminder of Rotary’s world-wide campaign to stamp out polio.

Purple reflects the colour stamped on the fingers of children who have been immunised. 
Visitors to Springfields and Morrisons also gave donations in return for fabric crocus buttonholes and raised more than £400 for the cause.

Jon Martin with one of the buttonholes. SG241016-101TW

Jon Martin with one of the buttonholes. SG241016-101TW

Jon Martin, chairman of the club’s international committee, said: “We were very pleased with the support we got.”

• Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication initiative 31 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 per cent.

But it is estimated another $1.5billion will be needed to stamp out the crippling disease altogether and to stop it returning to polio-free countries.