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Look out for the Purple Crocus’s springing up in February

Last updated on 15 November 2010

Haslington Rotary Club have sponsored the planting of 5000 Crocus purple bulbs at locations all round the village by :-

  • The Goslings Pre-school group -Winterley
  • Pine Lodge Crech and Day Nursery
  • Haslington Primary School
  • The Dingle Primary School
  • Haslington Toddler Group (Yoxall)
  • Yoxall Hall planting scheme ( Brownies, beavers, etc
  • The Croft Pre-school group (Gutterscroft )
  • Shavington Toddler Group
  • Haslington Conservation group

This project is part of a countrywide campaign by Rotary clubs to plant 4,600,000 crocus’s to raise awareness of their efforts to eradicate Polio .

Why Purple ? well this is the colour of the dye that is used to mark the finger of each child that receives immunisation .

As of 30 September, Rotarians throughout the world have raised US$ 147 million for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge and these funds will be matched by $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization in the four countries where it remains a serious problem .ie Afghanistan, India ,Pakistan and Nigeria.

The photograph shows Rotarians lead by President Richard Hovey, and project coordinators Jan Lewis and Jean Kirk , planting the final few bulbs on the public space behind Shelbourne Ave.

(Chris Boardman – Haslington Rotary Club)

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