Pur­ple rain in Al­loway

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

Al­loway is go­ing pur­ple with help from a group of ea­ger young­sters.

P5 pupils at Al­loway Pri­mary braved pour­ing rain to scat­ter 10,000 more cro­cus corms be­side Mur­doch’s Loan near Al­loway Church and the Burns Mu­seum.

The drive is led by The Ro­tary Club of Al­loway with the help of South Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment.

The pur­ple cro­cus is a sym­bol of Ro­tary’s world­wide cam­paign to erad­i­cate po­lio, with its colour rep­re­sent­ing the pur­ple dye used to mark the fin­ger of a child who has been im­mu­nised and the corms were planted to brighten up the area and draw at­ten­tion to the cam­paign.

Al­loway Ro­tary has con­cen­trated on Pur­ple for Po­lio as its in­ter­na­tional project this year and has raised £ 5,000.

The cash came from the sec­ond an­nual Duck Race and the con­cert pro­vided by the Ayr Com­mu­nity Gospel Choir with the ju­nior brass band, hosted by Castle­hill Church.

Match fund­ing from the Gates Foun­da­tion tripled this to £ 15,000, all of which will be used in the cam­paign.

The Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment again pre­pared the ground and re­placed the turf after the pupils and Ro­tar­i­ans had scat­tered the corms.

Bloom­ing mar­vel­lous P5 pupils at Al­loway Pri­mary braved pour­ing rain to scat­ter 10,000 more cro­cus corms be­side Mur­doch’s Loan near Al­loway Church and the Burns Mu­seum.

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