Planting purple for polio

On Saturday 24th October, World Polio Day, members of the Rotary Club of Bolsover with councillors from Staveley Town Council planted 4,000 crocus bulbs on Inkersall Green.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

Why Purple Crocuses? Well, that’s because when children are vaccinated against polio their fingers are dyed with purple ink.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

If you want to help then you can donate £5 by texting

KILLPOLIO to 70085.

(Texts will cost £5 plus one standard rate text message.)

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