Rotary Chester has donated 4,000 crocus bulbs to brighten up our City environment and publicise Rotary efforts to Stop Polio.

Planting in Chester

This year’s bulbs were planted in October 2022 at the Overleigh Roundabout by CWAC gardeners.  They will bloom in February/March annually, and provide a splash of colour to confirm that spring is on its way.

We thank Cllr Razia Daniels for assisting in organising this, and to the Council gardeners for their planting expertise.

We have planted bulbs around the City in previous years:

Chester Cathedral – various points in the Cathedral grounds
Chester Business Park sign on Wrexham Road
Queens Park High School – this was an arrangement with the school, bulbs being planted by the children.
Belgrave Primary School – the children planted these in the wooded area
Edgars Field Handbridge
Westminster Park – Rotary members planted these, under the supervision of the Council gardening team.
St Marys Church Handbridge – the grass area in the front of the Church has this display

What is polio?

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

Rotary International Goal

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.









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