Purple flowers planting will remind people that Polio is still a killer
WORCESTER Sixth Form College is throwing its support behind a campaign to eradicate polio.
Members of the Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club, including Worcester Sixth Form College’s Michael Kitcatt, Alison Chambers, Charles Robinson and Elizabeth Hunt met with Peter Whyte, Amelia Savidge, Lewis Coombes, and Kieran Bridge, from the College’s student council, to plant more than 500 purple crocus corms within the grounds.
The Rotary Crocus Campaign was launched in 2016 and was set up as the final push to eradicate polio in conjunction with the End Polio Now charity, which Rotary Clubs around the world support.
There are only three countries in the world where Polio is endemic and the End Polio Now campaign aims to finally rid the world of this disease through a program of vaccinations.
A worldwide vaccination program has seen cases of polio fall by 99.9 per cent since 1998 and the initiative aims to eradicate it completely.
Alex Daw, student council liaison officer, said: “For the second year running, students from Worcester Sixth Form College’ were asked to get involved with the campaign.
“As Polio is a disease of the past in the UK, many people do not know that it is still a killer in other countries and this planting initiative aims to raise awareness of this.”