Rotary polio crocuses
Crocuses with Rotary Branding 1
Crocus outside church - courtesy of Chris George
Crocuses with Rotary Branding 3
Crocuses with Rotary Branding 2

We are very close to fulfilling Rotary’s promise when we started our campaign to rid the world of polio in 1985 and we all need to work together to be able to cross the finishing line. This stage is absolutely critical in the fight against polio and makes it ever more important that all Rotarians renew and strengthen their advocacy and fundraising efforts to eradicate this disease and fulfill our promise to the world.


We've been so excited by the positive response from Rotary clubs across the length and breadth of Great Britain and Ireland who are getting involved with the new Purple4Polio campaign!

As you know as part of this campaign, Rotary has forged an exciting partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and together we aim to plant five million crocus corms to add a vibrant carpet of purple to communities.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised, and with polio eradication now closer than ever, this is great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to help finish the job.

Rotary clubs should have their green fingers at the ready, because earlier this month the RHS has communicated with its community-based Bloom Groups and other floral associations about the partnership and the opportunity for them to team up with their local Rotary club(s). We hope Rotary clubs and Bloom Groups will be joining forces over the coming weeks.

The Purple4Polio campaign and RHS planting partnership is a fantastic opportunity to build new and strengthen existing relationships with other community groups, as well as providing a chance to engage with the public and welcome potential new members.



Get Moving to End Polio is a new fundraising activity to support

Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign to end polio now and forever.

The border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan,

is ‘more than 1,240 miles’, so we have focused the figure around our latest campaign.

The idea is simple. Host an event incorporating the number 1,240 whilst raising funds to eradicate polio.


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