Accrington Observer - - CLUB NEWS -

LAST week Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary were out in force, plant­ing pur­ple cro­cus bulbs around the green ar­eas of Oswaldtwistle.

This week it was the turn of the two Ro­takids schools, White Ash Spe­cial­ist School and St Andrew’s Pri­mary School, both lo­cated in Oswaldtwistle.

Cath Heap, the Ro­takids co-or­di­na­tor for Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary, ar­ranged for a group of 10 chil­dren, along with mem­ber of staff, Ali­son Martin, to walk across to White Ash School for a joint morn­ing of bulb plant­ing, fol­lowed by a fun play ses­sion in the beau­ti­ful grounds of the school.

The pupils were re­minded, be­fore they be­gan the plant­ing, of the sig­nif­i­cance of the colour pur­ple to the Ro­tary.

It is to re­mind ev­ery­one of the con­tin­u­ing fight to erad­i­cate po­lio across the world, which Ro­tary has un­der­taken for many years along­side the Bill Gates Foun­da­tion.

Thanks to their ef­forts in rais­ing funds for vac­ci­na­tions, the disease has almost been erad­i­cated.

When chil­dren have been vac­ci­nated their fin­ger is dipped in pur­ple dye.

The chil­dren split up into groups and spent about an hour plant­ing 1,000 bulbs.

They all worked very hard to get the job done, and hope­fully next spring will be re­warded with a beau­ti­ful dis­play.

The chil­dren said: “We en­joyed vis­it­ing White Ash School to plant bulbs with the pupils there.”

Ro­takids co­or­di­na­tor Cath Heap said: “This type of ac­tiv­ity is very much in keep­ing with the Ro­takids ethos. There was the community as­pect of two schools work­ing to­gether.

“It was ed­u­ca­tional in that they learned about the in­ter­na­tional ef­fect of the po­lio cam­paign.

“And, just as im­por­tant, it was a fun-filled day in which the chil­dren made new friends.”

St Andrew’s were also pre­sented with 1,000 bulbs, some of which were planted in the school grounds.

How­ever, over 300 of them were planted up in in­di­vid­ual pots la­belled with facts about the fight to beat po­lio in the world.

Each child was pre­sented with a pot to take home with them.

Hope­fully, they will all grow and the pupils will be re­minded in spring next year about the Ro­tary Pur­ple for Po­lio cam­paign.

» Any schools in­ter­ested in start­ing a Ro­takids club in their school can con­tact Cath at cath­ for de­tails.

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