Our flowers will help put an end to polio

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Thousands of crocus bulbs were planted by schoolchildren to help eradicate polio.

The 2,500 seeds were planted next to St Peter’s Church in High Street by children from Victoria First School.

They were with Geoff Budd and John Watts from the Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne at the planting ceremony on Friday (15/10).

Mr Budd said: “We give a lot back to society at rotary, and we have a lot of fun in the process.”

A further 2,500 crocus bulbs were planted in front of St John’s Church, Hemel Hempstead, yesterday morning (19/10).

That was organised by The Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead with the help of St John’s Church, Dacorum Borough Council and The Box Moor Trust.

The Focus on the Crocus events were organised to raise awareness of the Thanks for Life rotary campaign to eradicate the disease in the four remaining countries where it still exists.

The purple flowers will represent the purple ink children have to dip their fingers into before receiving the polio jab in developing countries.

The bulbs will flower in February or March next year.

The ink stops cheeky children leaping back into the queue to have a second polio jab in order to get the free lollipop that comes with it.

The four countries in the world where polio still exists are India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

To learn more about the rotary campaign, visit www.thanksforlife.org.