Crocus planting in Cranleigh for Purple4Polio

Crocus planting in Cranleigh for Purple4PolioCranleigh in Bloom is pleased to be working with The Rotary Club of Cranleigh to support Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Purple4Polio campaign.

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, 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.

The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.

One strand of the Purple4Polio campaign is an exciting partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

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.

Rotary clubs are joining forces with the RHS’s community-based Bloom Groups and will work in tandem to bring people together, transform public spaces to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing by planting 5 million crocus corms.

Cranleigh in Bloom and The Rotary Club of Cranleigh will be planting 5,000 crocus corms on Cranleigh Common, with the kind permission of Waverley Borough Council, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

We are looking for more volunteers who can join us for an hour or longer on the day to plant some corms and help create a fantastic bloom of colour in Cranleigh next Spring.

Do email chairman@cranleighinbloom.net or call Martin or Andy on 01483 274566 if you are able to help on the day.