For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.
Rotary and the Royal Horticultural Society
It’s time to get your green fingers at the ready because one strand of the Purple4Polio campaign is an exciting partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.
The partnership will allow Rotary clubs to join forces with the RHS’s community-based Bloom Groups and work in tandem to bring people together, transform public spaces to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing by planting 5 million crocus corms. This community ethos is a value shared by both Rotary and the RHS, and, with the purple crocus planting also helping the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign, we will together be adding a purple splash of colour and vibrancy to areas up and down the country.
Resource library and Purple4Polio Menu
As part of the Purple4Polio campaign, and RHS partnership, Rotary has produced a number of materials and resources for Rotary clubs, RHS community-based Bloom Groups and other participating organisations and members of the public to use, including leaflets, image libraries, logo downloads and some top tips to help you with your planting!
A Purple4Polio Menu has also been developed, with a variety of ways you can get involved with the campaign. Relevant information and electronic resources will be accessible behind each Menu item in the coming weeks. Click here to check it out!
How can you help Rotary and make a difference?
To be a part of making history by helping Rotary to wipe out polio forever, use our Club Finder tool to contact your local Rotary club. See what activities are taking place in your area, or even share your own great fundraising idea with them and see how you can work together to drive it forward. You can also contact the Fordingbridge Rotary with your enquiry and we will help you to be put in touch with the right person.
If you want to help, you can also set up your own fundraising event by visiting our VirginMoney Giving webpage. We cannot wait for you to get involved!