Adopt a purple crocus and help end polio now!
Gordano Breakfast Rotary and Portishead Rotary are combining with a global initiative to help rid the world of Polio... a terrible disease that can kill and severely disable children. Rotary is a founder member of the global polio eradication initiative where clubs throughout the world for the past 30 years have been fundraising and assisting to reduce and eliminate outbreaks of wild polio from 125 countries, now down to just 2 (Pakistan and Afghanistan). Until just a few weeks ago there were 3 affected Countries but Nigeria announced it was now free of the disease. A gigantic achievement! Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5 and many of our older generation will recall children here in the UK crippled by the disease. A great relief that we will no longer see children using aids to walk as a consequence of catching this dreadful disease
The 24th October is World Polio day and here in Portishead, during October, the combined Rotary Clubs, with the valued support from Portishead in Bloom, are to plant 4000 purple crocus bulbs on the banks of the lake grounds. The purple crocus is an emblem of the campaign (When a child receives their life-saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their polio vaccine. This looks similar to a purple crocus.) Additionally, St Peters Church has kindly allowed the church to be floodlit in purple around that date to mark the occasion
To adopt a purple crocus and support the campaign a ‘Give as you live’ donation page (using Portishead Rotary's giving platform) has been set-up. You are invited to give a minimum donation of £5 to support this campaign. Being a charity, donations attract an additional 25% under the Government gift aid scheme for tax payers.
In Spring of 2021, if you send a request to email@example.com, we will send you photos of the planting and the crocus display in bloom, an update on progress towards Polio eradication and a thank you for your support.