That’s a nice flower, what’s it for?

By Rotary International

A boy awaits the results of tests to determine if he has contracted polio.

By Mike Parry, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator for Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, northern and central England

As an RI representative on a World Health Organization post-polio outbreak surveillance audit in Ethiopia, I saw first-hand the front line difficulties experienced by doctors and local health workers. I also witnessed the very real fear of a child awaiting the result of tests to see if he had contracted polio. On my return to the United Kingdom, I was determined to be as involved as possible in supporting Rotary’s number one humanitarian project.

In the UK, we have a great fundraiser that has been supporting polio eradication and building awareness. I have had the pleasure of working with David Price, a former Ambassadorial Scholar and current member of the E-Club of London Centennial, to promote the sale of fabric crocus buttonholes. Since 2012 the high-quality fabric Rotary Crocuses have raised around £1.2 million (about $1.6 million) and been distributed in 15 countries.

A box of the fabric Crocuses.

The Crocus was chosen as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised. As members of …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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