Eradicating polio has been Rotary’s main humanitarian focus. Rotary and its members have been committed to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria), with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good meaning no child will ever be paralyzed by this debilitating disease again.
Haywards Heath Rotary became involved in the campaign in 2010 when 62,000 Giant Ruby crocuses were planted in October, 2010 on Muster Green adding a purple splash of colour and vibrancy to one of Haywards Heath’s premier green space attractions. In 2010 the majority of the 1m square plots of crocuses were sponsored.
Haywards Heath Rotary want to remind the public that they are very close to fulfilling Rotary’s promise when they started their campaign to rid the world of polio in 1985 and now we all need to work together to be able to cross the finishing line. At this stage it is absolutely critical in the fight against polio and makes it ever more important that the last amount of money is raised needed to eradicate this disease and fulfill our promise to the world.
2017 being the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Haywards Heath Rotary is encouraging members of the public and local businesses to sponsor the remaining plots of crocuses for £50, in your name, company, group of friends or in memory of a love one.
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.
Visit Muster Green to see the crocuses emerging as a river of purple creating an everlasting blaze of colour at one of the gateways into Haywards Heath.
John de Longa President of Haywards Heath Rotary said ‘It is wonderful to see Muster Green burst into life. It looks amazing and it is a reminder that everyone involved in the project has made a commitment to eradicate polio. We are grateful to the local community for supporting this worthwhile cause’.
Every £1 raised purchases five doses of the special anti-polio vaccine. So if you want to be involved in this project by sponsoring a plot for £50 go online www.itsmagic.org.uk or call 07768 254400.
Date for your diary Haywards Heath Spring Fair Sunday 23 April, 2017 on Muster Green – Haywards Heath Rotary will be having a stand and are delighted to announce that following a request, Tiptree Jam (Wilkin & Sons Ltd) will be making and donating 52,000 jars of Purple4Polio jam!
Jars of either Greengage or Early Rivers Plum Jam will be available at the Spring Fair. The aim of the scheme is to raise £1,000,000 for Purple4Polio.
By donating a minimum of £2 per jar and collecting donations in the empty jar, that target can be reached – every £1 of loose changed will be matched with £2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is also hoped members of the public will buy it and use some of it for a Purple4Polio tea party!