The UBICO team joined Toni, Tom, Josh and Thomas; pupils from the Cambian Southwick Park School, Andrew Turner and other members of the Rotary Club plus Emma Fitter from the 'Can Do' project on a chilly but bright autumnal morning in Tewkesbury. We met at Vineway, at the entrance to the Stonehills Estate (having been given kind permission from Tewkesbury Borough Council) to plant six thousand purple crocus bulbs with the view to raising awareness of the Rotary Club's, Purple4Polio campaign (working worldwide to eradicate Polio)
With the help of organisations like the Rotary Club, the number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations.
Part of the campaign aims to educate communities and brighten public spaces by planting 6 million purple crocus corms nationwide in 2016. The colour purple is relevant due to the children's fingers being dipped in purple dye once they have been immunised. Once immunised, children join the Purple Pinkie Club!
The scheme is supported by the 'Can Do' project which is hosted by Leonard Cheshire. It is funded by the YSAF (Youth Social Action Fund) with the YSAF funders being the Cabinet Office and Pears foundation. The project works with young disabled people between the ages 10 & 25 and enables them to experience volunteering within their local communities. Each young person that participates in 12 hours of volunteering will receive a city and guilds certification in 'Building Communities' - a great accolade for their future employability.
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