For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.

When a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine. The Purple4Polio initiative here in Great Britain and Ireland was designed to unite Rotary club activities engaging with local communities to help raise the vital funding needed to wipe polio off the face of the earth.

Rotary’s pledge for a polio free world was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries and hundreds of new cases every single day. In 2017 there were only 22 cases in the entire world but as long as there is one single case anywhere children everywhere are at risk.

Thanks to Rotary, and the support of our partners WHO, Unicef, CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, there are now just three countries still classed as endemic: Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. To finish the job over 2 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have to be administered each and every year in over 60 countries until the world is finally certified polio free.

Purple4Polio Crocus Corms Planting 2018

Spring each year sees a beautiful purple carpet of crocus blooming in many communities across Great Britain and Ireland thanks to the Purple Crocus Corm planting to raise awareness of the Rotary fight for a polio free world.

The planting and blooming of these purple crocuses has resulted in over 1,000 pieces of media coverage and numerous opportunities to tell the Rotary Polio story.

Planting the purple crocus corms by Rotary and many community groups is a great way of getting active, having fun and talking to lots of different people about the need to eradicate the life threatening and disabling polio virus.

The Purple Crocus Corm 2018 Planting Order Form is available here and orders should be placed as soon as possible with your Rotary District Crocus Corm Co-Ordinator. The price is fixed for the earliest of 3 million or 30th June so please get those orders in early. You can always place further orders in the period ahead with the final cut off date for orders being Tuesday 31st July 2018.

Rotary and the Royal Horticultural Society partnership

The continuing partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (Rotary) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will see Rotary clubs, Britain in Bloom groups and other RHS community gardening groups working together to plant more purple crocus corms in Autumn 2018.

This partnership allows community planting and flowering to raise the profile of Rotary Purple4Polio whilst also helping the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign. It brings together a wide cross section of communities together to transform public spaces, brighten up local areas and benefit local wildlife, including bees, by planting this rich source of nectar. To get involved, download the Crocus Corms Campaign 2018 Order Form and start placing your orders now.

Please note the crocus species being used are Ruby Giant. Children should be supervised at all times and crocus corms should not be ingested. Crocus species are not toxic to people, however, if

signs of sickness are seen medical advice should be sought immediately.