Public urged to Go Purple 4 Polio

October 28 2016

PEOPLE in Downend are being urged to go Purple4Polio.

Rotary campaign

PEOPLE in Downend are being urged to go Purple4Polio.

Fishponds & Downend Rotary Club is backing the nationwide Rotary initiative to help rid the world of polio, a crippling and deadly disease.

Events will be held throughout the year to raise funds and awareness.  Pete Lawry, president of The Rotary Club of Fishponds & Downend, said: “As a club we have worked to ensure that polio is totally eradicated, and with fewer cases being reported we believe we can end this disease forever.”

As part of the campaign, members have been planting purple crocuses with Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom.  Purple was chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days, when millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease. 

Since Rotary’s campaign to end polio started in 1985, over 2.5 billion children have received vaccinations, the amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to three, and only 18 cases of polio have been recorded this year. 

For more information visit and see the Purple4Polio information.