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Crocus Concerts in Banbury for the 'End Polio Now’ campaign

24 March 2014

Youngsters from nine schools in Banbury have come together to sing in a string of Crocus Concerts and help raise £9,750 for the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.

Over 340 secondary school pupils gelled together in a trio of tuneful concerts which were organised by Banbury Rotary Club and supported with a £1,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.

As the official flower for polio eradication over 5,000 crocus bulbs were planted, three choir performances were hosted, and more than 700 residents attended, all in a bid to support the global campaign in ridding the world of polio by 2018.

Rotary’s crocus campaign, launched in 1979, plays a pivotal role in conquering polio. The aim of the campaign is for all pupils who started secondary school in September 2013 to live in a polio-free world by the time they sit their GCSE’s. To date, the global club has raised over $200 million for the cause, and the number of polio-endemic countries has now dropped to three – lowest of all time.

Fred Riches, member from Banbury Rotary Club, said: “The Crocus Concerts were a fantastic way to raise money for our polio campaign and having all nine schools agree to participate made it a real success as it attracted friends, families and neighbours for all the children involved.

Harj Lota, Sanctuary’s head of local partnerships, added: “What a remarkable cause and it’s marvellous to see how our £1,000 donation can make such a difference on a global scale.”

Banbury Rotary Club is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

For details on how to apply, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

The Crocus Concerts in Banbury was a successful way to raise money for the ‘End Polio Now’ Campaign. For other stories and for more information on Sanctuary Housing in the Midlands,  or call 0800 131 3348 and 0300 123 3511 from a mobile.


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