Rotary "End Polio Now" Crocuses
Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.
The crocus campaign was only launched in 2012 but Rotary Clubs across the world have already raised around £300,000 for the End Polio Now campaign.
Fabric crocus buttonholes are offered to members of the public in return for a donation. When donors wear their Crocuses they become walking adverts.
Each Crocus comes on an information card which tells the story of the eradication programme and Rotary's pivotal role in it. It provides the wearer with the answer to the question 'that's a nice flower, what's it for?'
The Crocus was chosen as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.
Recent studies are showing a resurgence of Polio in various war torn areas of the world. In addition to this health workers providing the Polio vaccinations are increasingly coming under attack.