Pupils’ bulb plant­ing helps fo­cus on po­lio

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Pupils from an Aberdeen­shire school got their hands dirty yes­ter­day as they helped a Ro­tary club plant thou­sands of cro­cuses to raise aware­ness of po­lio.

The young­sters from Kel­lands School joined a group of In­verurie Ro­tar­i­ans to plant the corms in the grounds of the town’s med­i­cal cen­tre yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Jim McColl, long-serv­ing host of BBC Scot­land’s The Beech­grove Gar­den, was also on hand to join in the gar­den­ing fun.

The pur­ple cro­cus plant­ing scheme is part of a world-wide Ro­tary club ini­tia­tive to rid the world of po­lio and is backed by the Bill Gates Foun­da­tion.

The flow­ers are a world­wide rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the pur­ple dye that is used to colour the lit­tle fin­gers of those who re­ceive vac­ci­na­tions against the in­fec­tious and po­ten­tially deadly con­di­tion.

Pho­to­graph by Kath Flan­nery

DIG­GING IN: Pupil Archie David­son with Jim McColl, Kel­lands pupils and In­verurie Ro­tary Club mem­bers.

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