East Cambs Rotary Clubs plant more than 50,000 crocus bulbs in the region to mark Rotary's mission to beat Polio

PUBLISHED: 14:54 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:22 14 March 2017

The Rotary Club of Littleport planted 50,000 crocus bulbs in Littleport and Little Downham last weekend. PHOTO: Tony Winchester

The Rotary Club of Littleport planted 50,000 crocus bulbs in Littleport and Little Downham last weekend. PHOTO: Tony Winchester

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East Cambridgeshire is set to become awash with colour this spring, thanks to the region's Rotary Clubs.

Purple was chosen as the base for the campaign as it represents the ink pad colour into which each beneficiary of the drug dips their thumb to confirm they have been immunised. PHOTO: Tony WinchesterPurple was chosen as the base for the campaign as it represents the ink pad colour into which each beneficiary of the drug dips their thumb to confirm they have been immunised. PHOTO: Tony Winchester

The local groups took delivery of over 50,000 crocus bulbs and, with the help of a band of green-fingered volunteers, planted them in Littleport, Ely, Little Downham and Soham.

This was the core of a nationwide initiative to draw attention to the worldwide success of Rotary clubs in almost extinguishing Polio by means of an intensive immunisation campaign.

The crocuses were planted as part of Rotary's campaign to rid the world of Polio. PHOTO: Tony WinchesterThe crocuses were planted as part of Rotary's campaign to rid the world of Polio. PHOTO: Tony Winchester

With financial support from Microsoft’s Bill Gates, teams of medical professionals often supported by Rotary representatives, have been working, often in the most remote parts of the world, to deliver the preventative medicine to ridding the world of this disease.

The colour purple was chosen as the base for the campaign as it represents the ink pad colour into which each beneficiary of the drug dips their thumb to confirm they have been immunised.

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