On Thursday 24th October 2019 Rotary clubs throughout the world held events to highlight the work that Rotary has done in the fight against polio.
Uckfield Rotary Cub members set up a gazebo on the pavement in Uckfield High Street on Thursday morning (in the rain) and were busy providing the public with information on how the cases of polio have been reduced worldwide over 30 plus years. They gave away small bags of purple crocus bulbs and invited a donation. The day was an opportunity for Rotarians in Uckfield and the world over to raise awareness of the fight to eradicate polio from the world and to finish the job Rotary started over 30 years ago.
World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against Polyiomyelitis. The reason that the bulbs will produce purple crocuses is because when children are immunised, one of their fingers is marked with a purple dye. Cases of polio have been reduced by 99.9% from 350,000 cases in 1998 to less than 100 and at that time there were 125 polio endemic countries. In 2018, there are just three, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rotary has helped immunise over 2.5 billion children globally since 1985. For the Uckfield Club, nearly 4,000 purple crocus bulbs were given away for a donation.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)