THE Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will once again be supporting World Polio Day on October 24, having already contributed more than £2,000 towards the eradication of polio in recent years.
Rotary International has been at the forefront of a global drive to eradicate polio from the world since 1988.
During this time, more than $2billion has been contributed by Rotarians worldwide.
At the end of the 1980s, more than 350,000 children were paralysed every year after contracting polio. Today, Rotary and partners have reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9% and it is now only present in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralysed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would have otherwise died from the disease.
In every mass immunisation around the world, each child that is vaccinated has their little finger painted with a purple dye.
Rotary has taken the purple crocus flower as a symbol of these immunisations.
Last year, to mark World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis planted a purple crocus flower bed in Langmoor Gardens, with permission of the town council.
This year, they will be selling bags of 20 purple crocus corms for residents to plant in their own gardens, preferably in a visible spot to raise awareness of the fight against polio.
The crocus corms will be available from Serendip Bookshop in Lyme Regis, or in Charmouth by calling David Bettes on 01297 560867, for just £5 a bag.
For every £1 raised towards this cause, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate another £2.