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Rotary club's planting session in Aylesbury promotes ending Polio

The charity teamed up with developers for a special day of planting.

Published by Dan Gooding at 3:05pm 11th January 2020. 2-minute read.

Rotary club's planting session in Aylesbury promotes ending Polio

An Aylesbury charity has partnered with developers to raise awareness of polio and the fight to end it.

The Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary Club visited Kingsbrook to plant crocus bulbs outside the entrance to Oakfield Village to help raise awareness for the charity 'End Polio Now'. Since 1985, Rotary's main humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. 

Polio is a highly infectious disease that most frequently affects children under the age of five. The disease is most commonly transferred via contaminated water.

There is no cure for polio; however it is preventable with a vaccine. Only three countries in the world remain endemic and children in these countries are at risk of contracting the disease until every child has been vaccinated. 

The charity plant crocuses due to their purple colour; when children are vaccinated against polio as part as a mass polio immunisation day their little finger is dyed purple to show that they have received the inoculation. 

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Charles Chaney, Chairman of the Foundation, said:

"Planting crocuses at the Kingsbrook development is a great way for us to raise awareness of End Polio Now.

"Our teams planted 8,000 bulbs which will flower in the spring at this bustling development and remind people of the important work we are doing to eradicate polio."

Simon Francis, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said:

"We were delighted to have welcomed The Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary Club to Kingsbrook to plant crocuses and raise awareness for this important cause.

"As a leading developer, it's important for us to establish relationships with organisations in the area and offer help and support whenever we can."

For more information on End Polio Now, visit www.endpolio.org.

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