Planting purple crocus to end polio now

At the beginning of November Rotarians David Griffiths, Margot Mather and friends met with children from Horwich Parish School Eco Council and member of staff   Mrs L Magilton, to explain what Rotary International is doing, with the support of the Gates Foundation, to end Polio forever in places like Pakistan. We’re closer now than ever to ending this devastating disease. Rotary has been at the forefront of the fight to end polio since the 1980s when it helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


Children planted purple crocus in Holy Trinity Church-yard as part of Rotary’s Purple for Polio appeal to End Polio now. Thousands of primary and secondary school pupils across the country have planted purple crocus bulbs as part of a project by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to stamp out polio across the globe. It is about educating children about polio, a crippling disease that kills and paralyses young children. The purple crocus symbolises the purple dye that is painted on the fingers of children to show they have been immunised.




Santa is coming to Horwich. At 6.00 on 1st December Santa & Horwich Rotary’s Christmas sleigh will be at the Crown for the switching on of the town’s Christmas tree by the Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Rock this year accompanied by Horwich RMI Brass Band and Fr. Richard Howard from St Mary’s.  So Santa and the Rotary sleigh will begin Horwich Rotary’s Christmas collection for local community groups as well as international support for the Rotary Foundation’s  ‘Ending Polio Now’ campaign. Look out for Santa who is coming soon.




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