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Purple4Polio

Thank you Ilkeston Rotary Club who have donated 1000 purple crocus bulbs to us 

A big thank you to Ilkeston Rotary Club who have donated 1000 purple crocus bulbs to us for the 'Purple4Polio' campaign. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global Polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Polio is a serious viral infection that used to be common in the UK and worldwide. It affected children more than adults. Most people with polio don't have any symptoms and won't know they're effected. But for up to 1 in 100 people, the polio virus causes temporary or permanent paralysis, which can be life-threatening. Today, there are only two countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015 , which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1000 cases a day. Rotary clubs around the world are working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to raise money for the polio vaccination campaign. For every $1 that Rotary raises, the Foundation will give $2 - up to $35 million a year up to 2018.

Once the children have received the polio vaccination their little fingers are dipped in purple ink: because it resembles, slightly, the shape of fingers, the purple crocus was chosen as a symbol of the 'End Polio Now' Campaign.

We have now planted the bulbs on the front of school with the help of Rotary club member Andrea Garlick, Rotary President Kevin Smith and MP for Erewash Maggie Throup. I am sure when they flower at the beginning of next year they will look lovely when walking into school, and also make us think a little too of why they have been planted. 

I would also like to thank Erewash Borough Council for digging out our divots for us.  

For more photos please click here:

http://www.chaucerjunior.org.uk/gallery/default.asp?pid=3&gcatid=1&albumid=546

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