Rugby Rotary Clubs join forces to tackle polio

Dunchurch Infant School and Nursery also teamed up with the club to support the campaign, in the village on the green off Coventry Road, opposite Cawston Lane. NNL-161017-151533001
Dunchurch Infant School and Nursery also teamed up with the club to support the campaign, in the village on the green off Coventry Road, opposite Cawston Lane. NNL-161017-151533001

The three Rotary Clubs in Rugby have joined forces to plant thousands of purple crocuses.

For more than 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to helping eradicate polio across the world.

The Purple4Polio campaign is designed to engage communities in the final push to eradicate polio for good. The purple crocus represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

With the support of Rugby Borough Council, planting is taking place in the centre of the town – in the Rupert Brooke Garden and by the Frank Whittle Memorial.

Rotarian Liz Hughes, manager of the Raglan Arms, is planting crocuses at the pub; and 5,000 corms have already been planted in Brinklow, in a joint effort with the village Memorial Group and some 40 children.

Pupils from Bilton CofE Junior School and Dunchurch Infant and Nursery School teamed up with members of the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore and the Friends of St Cross to plant 15,000 corms at the Hospital of St Cross and on Dunchurch green off Rugby Road.

Bilton Junior head Alex Norton said: “We look forward to coming back to the hospital in February to see the display of crocuses. We also were given some bulbs to plant at school to remind us of our fabulous morning.”

Rugby Saturday Breakfast Rotary Club is in action at Eastlands School today (October 24), which is End World Polio Day.