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Kings Hill helping eradicate life-threatening disease

Kings Hill helping eradicate life-threatening disease

A carpet of purple crocuses has been planted at Kings Hill to draw attention to the devastating effects of one of the world’s most feared diseases.

The purple crocus is a symbol of the Rotary Club’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio – now in it’s 30th year - with the colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunized.

This year the Kings Hill branch has joined forces with Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust to highlight the issues as part of the ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign, which ties in with the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.

Together they have planted thousands of ‘Ruby Giant’ bulbs around the ‘silver ball’ sculpture at the entrance to the development, timed so that the flowers will be in bloom in time for Rotary Day on 23 February 2017.

“Polio has no cure and is a crippling and potentially fatal disease, with children under five being at greatest risk,” said Becky Turner, President of the Kings Hill Rotary Club. “Although polio can’t be cured, it can be prevented by vaccination – and for as little as 60p a child can be protected for life.

“The number of countries where polio still exists has dropped from 125 to just two, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. We are very grateful to Liberty for the help they are giving.”

For more information about Purple4Polio or other Rotary activities please contact Ralph Turner on 07889398270 or email ralph.khrc@gmail.com

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