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Crocuses in bloom for End Polio Now campaign

1 March 2016

Banbury residents have shown their support for the global End Polio Now campaign by planting a bounty of purple bulbs, which are now flowering around the community.

Planting 16,000 crocus bulbs

Banbury Rotary Club, with support and funding from Sanctuary Housing, has brought the neighbourhood together to plant 16,000 crocus bulbs, the official flower of polio eradication.

Where were the bulbs planted?

Bulbs were planted at Sanctuary’s retirement living schemes, Spiceball Park, St Mary’s churchyard Banbury and All Saints churchyard Middleton Cheney. Children and families from The Sunshine Centre have also enjoyed planting their own crocuses to take home.

How else is the End Polio Now campaign being supported?

Along with planting, the wider community is showing its support with polio awareness badges being displayed at various locations throughout Banbury, and at 10 local primary schools, with the proceeds given to the End Polio Now campaign.

How much money has been raised for the End Polio Now campaign?

The string of planting events has seen Banbury Rotary Club raise over £2,000 this year to support the campaign which hopes to rid the world of polio by 2018. 

Ron Barnett, a member of Banbury Rotary Club, said: “The Rotary International project to rid the world of Polio is on the cusp of achieving its goal, but this would not be possible if we did not have the support and enthusiasm of local schools and community groups.

“As well as enhancing our community spirit we are collectively helping to make the world a better safer place.”

Rotary International’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 GCSEs. All funds raised for the international campaign is tripled by global charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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