Hyde Rotary have currently been focusing on planting purple Crocus bulbs as part of a national campaign to wipe out polio across the world.
The planting started at Hyde Leisure Centre and continued on the grass embankment facing Tesco Express, Gee Cross, to celebrate World Polio Day on the 24th October.
The purple crocus signifies the purple dye painted on the child’s finger when they have been vaccinated against Polio. Recent statistics released suggest that since Rotary started their Vaccination programme in 1985 polio has been eradicated in 99% of the world. Today only three countries still have new cases of Polio, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Hyde Rotary call upon voluntary groups to lend a hand planting the 5000 bulbs each year, and this year International and Foundation chairperson Maureen Clayton enlisted the help of 8 participants from the Community Payback Scheme. Before the planting started Maureen briefed the helpers on their task for the day and explained to them the meaning behind the Crocus planting.