On  a very wet Friday 1st October 17 local schools helped the Rotary Club of Scuthorpe plant 5000 crocus bulbs. The planting was part of the “Thanks for Life” project which aims to raise funds to assist Rotary International’s avowed intent to “End Polio Now”!

It is hoped that the purple crocuses will be in bloom by Rotary Day 2011 – February 23rd – when Rotarians across the UK and Ireland will be collecting  money in various ways to help conquer polio in the last remaining areas of the world where it is still a problem; particularly for children – India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Every £1 raised in this campaign will pay for 5 doses of the special vaccine that will protect these children against polio forever.

The significance of the puple colour of the crocus flowers relates to the colour of ink dabbed on a child’s little finger when he or she has received the vaccine: “Purple Pinkie Power”!

Rotary International has been fighting to eradicate polio across the world since 1985.

The local children who have been helping to plant the bulbs will be able to say “I helped to rid the world of polio”. Schools involved included: Berkeley Infants, Bottesford Infants, Broughton Infants, Bushfield Road Infants, Enderby Road Infants, Frodingham Infants, Grange Lane Infants, Riddings Infants, Broughton Juniors, Bottesford Juniors, St Hughes, Westcliffe Primary, Riddings Juniors, Holme Valley Primary, Lincoln Gardens Primary, Parkwood Primary, St Augustine Webster RC Primary. In addition 3 other groups helped by planting bulbs – Lincolnshire House, Great Oaks and Yaddlethorpe Methodist Church.

Students at Broughton Junior School prepare to plant crocus bulbs outside the classroom windows.

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