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World Polio Day Marked in Scarborough

World Polio Day Marked in Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 2:21pm 30th October 2019.

To celebrate World Polio Day on October 24, the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers arranged the planting of 2,500 purple crocus corms in a public flower bed situated at the Valley/Vernon Road junction across from the Rotunda Museum.

The event took place in the presence of the Borough Mayor, Councillor Hazel Lynskey, with her consort Michael.

Also giving a helping hand to local school children was President Tony Graham and his wife Liz.

Eight pupils with their teachers from Newby and Scalby,and Friarage Primary Schools, as well as from the Pupil Referral Service helped plant the croci.

The colour purple has been chosen as each child immunised with the polio vaccine has their finger stained with a purple dye, to show that they have been vaccinated.

Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since 1988 and there are only three countries that still have the disease.

Rotarians have helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries with the overall objective of eradicating polio worldwide.

 

 

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