Polio Plus Purple Crocus Project


Monday 20th March – More crocuses!


The First Crocus!

On Tuesday 29 November 2016, a group of schoolchildren, who are members of the Alameda Junior Gardening Club enthusiastically planted 5000 purple crocus corms on behalf of the Rotary Club of Gibraltar.
The corms came from the Royal Horticultural Society to Gibraltar with the help of Rotary members both here and in the UK and thanks to the generous provision of free international transport by GibCargo. The staff of Alameda Gardens, in particular the Director Dr Keith Bensusan, Jon Hammerton, Andrew Aberines and Christine Gilder, made available a bed in the Gardens suitably shaded by trees and surrounded by lawn and supervised the planting work of the Junior Gardening Club.
The Polio Plus Purple Crocus Project is marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, dedicated to ”doing good in the world” and in particular, the eradication of polio.
“We are this close” to eradicating polio. The purple crocus has been chosen to symbolize this remarkable feat as the routine practice is to mark the finger of a child just vaccinated against polio with a purple dye.
The Club’s thanks go to Past President Jane Hart-Simmons who led the Club’s purple crocus project and who put us on Rotary UK’s map of the more than 100 locations where beds of purple crocus corms are being planted (http://www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/purple4polio/map). Not only is Gibraltar rightly conspicuous, being at least a 1000 miles further south than the next nearest planting location; but also is likely to be the first place where spring will arrive.
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