Bellan House KS1 and Prepcare pupils took part in the annual sponsored Crocus Walk in Cae Glas Park. The event is organised by the Rotary Club to raise money for the End Polio Now campaign. It was a glorious, if cold, day, as the bugle marked the start of the walk, where, on 4 laps of the park, pupils walked past the 5,000 purple crocuses planted there in 2010 as part of Rotary’s campaign.
The campaign to eradicate polio from the whole world was started by Rotary in 1985 and, together with other project partners, Rotary is now very close to final success. Immunisation work continues globally in the meantime and the Crocus Walks raise funds for it. When Rotary started the job of every last child getting the vaccine in 1985, polio was still endemic in 125 countries and killing or paralysing 350,000 children each year and with case numbers actually rising.
David Gordon, President of Oswestry Rotary Club, said “Progress since 1985 has been immense. During the first 7 weeks of 2015 there were only 7 cases in the whole world and those were in just one country. Once every country has been clear for 3 years, polio will be consigned to history. That goal is so very close and we are delighted that Bellan pupils are again helping in this vital cause”.