Do you know the connection between polio and purple croci? (Classical scholars tell me that is the correct plural for ‘crocus’!
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease which Rotarians the world over have been working hard to eradicate globally since 1985.
Now for a few statistics:-
In 1985 there were 125 polio epidemic countries. Last year just two remained – Palestine and Afghanistan. In 1985 350,000 cases were reported. In 2015 it was reduced to 74. (A reduction of 99.96% for any mathematician.) In that time 2.5 billion children have been immunised at a cost of 20p per child. I must mention the outstanding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who contribute £2 for every £1 which Rotary has raised.
At several locations throughout Ware, including Wodson Park, The Priory, Fire Station and the garden in the front of Christ Church, a colourful display of over 6,000 crocus plants will be on display. (Thanks to Heather for her planting skills on our behalf}.
So why purple?
Those involved in the process of immunising children found it impossible to decide which child had been treated because they received a small sweet after treatment and proceeded to re-join the queue! The solution was to dip one of their fingers in purple dye. Hence the colour ‘purple’ has become the worldwide emblem for our campaign. The Crocus has the potential to become the instantly recognisable symbol of Rotary, representing their greatest achievement, conquering Polio.
Two thoughts for you. We are now 32 years into the campaign. Many, many people have both practically and financially supported this project. The ‘finishing line’ is in sight.
Are there any clues here for the challenge of refurbishing our facilities for future generations?
Mike – Rotary Club of WareTags: Magazine