Purple rain in Alloway
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. 011117Crocus_ 1