The Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury were present at the Sunbury Regatta selling “Purple4Polio” crocus corms. Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord causing paralysis.

Rotary Foundation launched a polio eradication program in 1985, three years later in 1988 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed, led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Rotary and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and prevention. More recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have also joined to eradicate Polio.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury, along with help from the Shepperton & Sunbury Natural History Society, are planting 10,000 purple crocus corms around Shepperton and Sunbury to highlight the Rotary “Purple for Polio” eradication programme.
Crocus bulbs will be planted on Sunday mornings – please do volunteer to help Rotary – meet at 10.00am on each Sunday in October:

  • Sunday 1st – planting bulbs in Vicarage Road, Sunbury (meet outside No 75);
  • Sunday 8th – planting bulbs at Sunbury Cross (meet by the clock);
  • Sunday 15th – Charlton Village (meet outside The Harrow);
  • Sunday 22nd – Shepperton Green
  • Sunday 29th by The Goat in Upper Halliford.

Alternatively, please support the Polio campaign by purchasing 100 purple polio bulbs for £10 and planting them in your garden. All money raised will go towards this Rotary cause. Please contact Jacqueline Stanton on 01932 710660 who is leading this Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary campaign.