Purple pinky and the crocus

By Faiza Shafeek

Here we are with our third editorial answering the question of “What is, or who is, a Rotarian.”

For over 30 years, Rotary has been working hard to rid the world of polio – a terrible disease that can kill or severely disable children.

When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio, there were cases present in 125 countries worldwide, now just three countries remain polio endemic: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. During that time, Rotary has helped immunise over 2.5 billion children and reduce the number of polio cases by 99.9%.

Purple symbol

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised by the lifesaving oral polio vaccine.

Splash of hope

In 2016 Rotary partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to plant seven million crocus corms all of which flowered in spring 2017 brightening up communities across the UK. Building on that success Rotary Clubs all over the country got their green fingers at the ready! And have and are still to this day covering our parks, gardens, and green spaces with crocuses, aiming to demonstrate how the humble crocus can symbolise a colourful splash of hope for a new beginning for children and how working together whilst having fun can make a huge difference.

Along with the planting of crocuses which raises a huge amount of money for eradicating Polio there is also another way in which Rotary raises much needed extra funds and that is via the the Rotary Crocus Buttonhole Campaign. These buttonholes have raised thousands of pounds over the years and continue to do so.

John and Louise Cheeseman can be seen in the picture above planting crocus corns in Polegate.

Come join us

If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a Rotarian, then please contact Louise Cheeseman the Club Secretary for the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign at: cheesemanlouise071@gmail.com