Rotarians in Spalding step up their campaign to stamp out polio

Pat Luckett from The Rotary Club of South Holland.
Pat Luckett from The Rotary Club of South Holland.
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Rotarians in Spalding are doing their bit over the next few days to bring about a polio free world.

It’s 31 years since Rotarians and partners around the globe decided to eradicate the paralysing disease from the face of the Earth.

Since then, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 per cent, with cases dropping from 350,000 to just 26 last month.

It sounds like the battle is won but experts say it will take $1.5billion to stamp out the disease and stop it returning to polio-free countries.

Children who have been immunised against the preventable disease have purple dye painted on their fingers.

On Monday, which is World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of South Holland will plant 5,000 purple flowering crocus bulbs outside Spalding Parish Church (St Mary and St Nicolas) from 10am.

Pat Luckett, from the club, said: “Members of the local community would be most welcome to join the Rotarians with the planting of the crocuses. Please bring your spade.”

There are other ways to get involved in the End Polio campaign and you can also help Rotary by saving barcodes from packets of Yorkshire Tea to provide vital mobility aids such as wheelchairs for disabled children and adults around the world.

For the polio campaign, Rotarians will offer fabric crocus buttonholes in return for donations at Springfields, Spalding, this weekend and at Morrisons supermarket at Pinchbeck on Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28.

Pat said: “Each crocus comes on an information card which tells the story of the eradication programme and Rotary’s pivotal role in it.”

She says the crocus also provides the wearer with an answer to the question “that’s a nice flower, what’s it for?”.

• Please send Yorkshire Tea barcodes to South Holland Rotary Barcode Appeal, c/o John Martin, 22 Miles Bank, Spalding PE1 3EZ or hand them in at The Woodlands Hotel, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding.