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Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club has teamed up with Calder­wood Pri­mary in a bid to com­bat a deadly dis­ease.

The club pre­sented Ro­tary cro­cus bulbs - the sym­bol of the End Po­lio Now cam­paign - to young­sters at the school who took the project to their hearts.

Chil­dren planted the bulbs and dec­o­rated the plant pots with End Po­lio posters, made arts and craft work and held a cof­fee morn­ing to tell peo­ple about the dis­ease.

At the cof­fee morn­ing the chil­dren’s choir sang and pupils sold craft cro­cus badges and gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on po­lio.

The Ro­tary cro­cus, which comes with an in­for­ma­tion card telling the story of the erad­i­ca­tion pro­gramme and Ro­tary’s role in it, is one of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fundrais­ers for the End Po­lio Now cam­paign. It has raised around £300,000.

Po­lio kills and paral­y­ses young chil­dren and there is no cure, but it can be eas­ily pre­vented through im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

Calder­wood teacher Irene Bloomer said: “I was so proud of my class for work­ing so hard on the day and in the lead- up to the won­der­ful event.

“Ev­ery­one seemed to have a su­per time and we have raised al­most £500, which will help to buy vac­cines for the erad­i­ca­tion of po­lio.

“We have en­joyed work­ing in part­ner­ship with Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club and look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in sim­i­lar events with them.

“A big thanks goes to our par­ents, fam­ily and friends for their con­tin­ued sup­port in th­ese events.”

Ev­ery £ 1 Ro­tary gives for po­lio im­mu­ni­sa­tion is in­creased to £ 3 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion.

The cro­cus was cho­sen as the End Po­lio sym­bol as the pur­ple colour matches the dye painted on the fingers of chil­dren who have been im­mu­nised.

I was so proud of my class for work­ing so hard Irene Bloomer

Cam­paign Chil­dren at Calder­wood Pri­mary threw them­selves into the End Po­lio Now cam­paign

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