Bulbs planted to help fight polio

PUBLISHED: 12:05 04 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:14 04 October 2010

Children helped to plant 4,000 crocus bulbs in Filby, near Great Yarmouth, at the weekend as part of a campaign to end polio.

Youngsters from Filby Primary School joined members of Great Yarmouth Rotary Club and Filby in Bloom at the Focus on the Crocus event.

The events are being run by rotary clubs across the country to highlight their End Polio Now campaign. They are also trying to set a Guinness world record for the most number of people planting bulbs in a single location.

The team in Filby set to work on Saturday morning planting bulbs in front of the village playing field.

The purple crocuses will raise awareness of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to ensure children across the world are immunised against polio. Purple represents the colour of the ink daubed on a child’s little finger to indicate they have been immunised.

Adrian Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom, said that 36 people took part including about 12 children. “It was a very good effort,” he said.

Hugh Davies, Great Yarmouth Rotary Club district foundation chairman, said: “It was a really nice day and everybody enjoyed themselves. I went into school assembly to talk to the children about what they were going to do. We want to get the message out about the eradication of polio and how people can donate.”

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