Landscaping students have now planted purple crocus bulbs in the shape of the Rotary Club logo at Queenborough train station to support End Polio Now. In conjunction with Kent Community Rail Partnership who have kindly sponsored the cost of the bulbs, the students and Rotarians planted the bulbs together as a symbol of community cohesion and support for an international project.
It may not look like much at the moment, but we cannot wait until the bulbs flower in the early Spring! Well done to all those involved, we cannot wait to see the end result of all your hard work.
Rotary International is a global organisation at the forefront of pushing to eradicate Polio, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, Unicef, CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purple crocus started as a small Rotary project symbol within Kent, over the past 5/6 years this has become international, with 15 countries now going #Purple4Polio. The project has many facets and last year, Canterbury Cathedral turned its lights purple as a symbol of support for the project.
As part of the End Polio Now programme, we are trying to raise awareness throughout the community and trying to turn the Island purple! Each school on the Island has been given 500 crocus bulbs and it is for the teachers and pupils to decide how they wish to use them. They can be planted in the school as a symbol of awareness for Polio, either randomly, or in a shape. The Rotary Club have done this with the Rotary wheel and have done 2 before, one at Minster Working Men's Club and one at Minster Leas. The bulbs could also be potted up and sold on, raising money for End Polio or to raise funds for school projects.