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POLIO AWARENESS: Schoolchildren help plant flowers in Amersham 

 Published on: 4th January 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Purple crocus flowers were planted across Amersham as part of a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of polio.

Amersham Town Council and the Rotary Club of Amersham have teamed up for the past 13 years to put on the display, which is part of the Purple4Polio campaign run by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

The purple crocus was chosen to represent the purple dye painted on children’s pinkie fingers when they are immunised with the polio vaccination.

Each autumn, between 5,000 and 9,000 crocus corms are planted across Amersham with the help of local schoolchildren.

They are normally planted on World Polio Day on October 24, but due to a school holiday, they were planted a week later this year.

Locations include Sycamore Corner, Chiltern Avenue, Pondwicks and St Mary’s Churchyard.

Signs are displayed next to the flowers to explain the meaning behind them.

The Rotary Club has worked alongside the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for 27 years and has succeeded in making the world more than 99 per cent polio-free.

Picture credit Amersham Town Council

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