How the colour purple aids battle against polio

By Contributed Item in Local People

The Rotary Club of Llantwit Major is helping to rid the world of polio by supporting the nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio.

The campaign, which was launched by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, encourages everyone to join together in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide. There have been promising steps, with just 18 cases of polio recorded in the last year.

To make a polio-free world a reality, Rotary, who started the campaign to eradicate polio more than 30 years ago and has spearheaded this major health initiative ever since, is determined to raise awareness and funds to finish off the job.

Charles Anderson, president of Llantwit Rotary, commented: “As a club, we have worked tirelessly to help to ensure that polio is eradicated for good, and with fewer cases being reported we believe we can end this deadly disease forever.”

As part of the campaign, Rotary clubs across the UK have teamed with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom community groups to transform public spaces and brighten up local communities by planting purple crocus corms.

The RHS Wales in Bloom group in the tiny village of Gileston, in partnership with Llantwit Major Rotary Club, planted 5,000 purple crocus corms in autumn 2016, which has resulted in a colourful floral display.

The colour purple was chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days, when literally millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease across the world.

The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with more than 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations, thanks to the help of RotarY.

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