In Aid of Polio+ and World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles will be selling Crocus Corms at their stall at the Sherborne Pannier Market at the Parade on Saturday, 23 October from 8.00am to 1.00pm. The Crocus is the symbol of the global Polio+ campaign.
Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. In that year Rotary launched Polio+ and was a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through decades of commitment and work by Rotary and our partners, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Polio cases globally have reduced by 99.9% from 350,000 cases in 1988 to less than 250 wild polio cases annually in the last few years. Polio could become just the second ever human disease to be eradicated worldwide.
When a child receives their life-saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their polio vaccine. The purple crocus has come to symbolise the polio eradication campaign.
Come and see us at the market and find out more about Polio+ and about what Rotary does worldwide and locally in Sherborne.