District Council lends a hand to Yeovil Rotary Club to help fight polio across the world

South Somerset District Council's Horticultural Service lent several hands (and spades) to Yeovil's Rotary Club on Friday 9 December to help fight polio worldwide.

As part of Rotary International's Purple4Polio campaign across Great Britain, over 2,500 crocus corms have been planted at Yeovil Country Park and St John's Churchyard in Yeovil town centre.

The mass planting of purple crocus corms across the UK is designed to raise awareness of the fight to eradicate polio and help ensure that more people in more communities can experience the many positive health and wellbeing benefits of gardening. The purple crocus being planted symbolises the purple dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised against polio.

Working with partners, Rotary has helped reduce polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Paul Rogers, President of the Yeovil Rotary Club said, "South Somerset District Council have been very kind in allowing us to plant our crocus bulbs at St John's Churchyard and Yeovil Country Park and also by offering us the help we needed to plant the bulbs.

"Working with the Royal Horticultural Society, we were able to join forces with SSDC and help to transform public spaces to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing with the crocus corms."

Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Streetscene Services added, "The District Council was delighted to get involved with this campaign when approached by the Yeovil Rotary Club. In the coming years, we hope the work of groups such as Rotary is rewarded with the news that polio has been completely eradicated."

Yeovil Rotary Club has also worked with Queen Camel Women's Institute and the Horticultural Society, planting 5,000 corms in Queen Camel church yard.

Rotary throughout the world has directly contributed more than $1.6 billion to ending polio through its End Polio Now campaign and over $7.1 billion indirectly through its advocacy work with governments, philanthropists and other donors.

At the moment all funds raised by Rotary everywhere are tripled thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation so literally every single £1 raised becomes £3. Every single £1 really counts as it effectively provides oral polio vaccine for 5 children.

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