Rochester Riverside joins the Rochester Rotary Club and Medway Council to celebrate World Polio Day by planting 3,000 crocuses

This year, the event is being marked in Rochester through the planting of around 3,000 crocus corms by the Rochester Rotary Club along the river walk at Rochester Riverside. As part of the celebration, Rochester Cathedral will also be lit up in purple.

These crocuses will bloom in February 2021 and will all be purple to reflect Purple Pinkie Day, which is marked alongside World Polio. The day is named after the vaccination practice which sees the nail on a child’s little finger painted with a purple dye once they’ve received the polio drop so that other volunteers will know that this child has already been given the vaccine.

Rotary and Interact Clubs around the world have turned this practice into a way to raise money and awareness regarding polio and Rotary’s campaign to erase it. Furthermore, for every dollar raised by the Rotary Club, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates two dollars to fund vaccinations.

Through the efforts of the World Health Organisation, this August Africa became polio free, and so there are now only two more countries in the world to go.

We’d like to thank Noel Filmer, Head of Valuation & Asset Management at Medway Council who has moved swiftly to make this happen as well as Richard Beet from the Rochester Rotary Club. Rochester Riverside is committed to partnership working across the Medway community and so we’re proud to have played our part in helping Rochester Rotary Club’s ongoing campaign to beat this disease and we look forward to seeing the crocuses in flower next year.

Story posted: 24/10/2020

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