On a cold Sunday in October, a group of willing volunteers braved the elements and planted over 3,500 crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day 2018. The volunteers included those from the Maidstone Dawn Patrol and the Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club repectively. The purple crocus has become a symbol of the Rotary’s fight to end polio, as the colour purple represents the colour of the dye placed on a child’s finger to show they have been immunised against the disease. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 raised becomes £3.
We all look forward to seeing a blanket of purple crocuses adorning Maidstone Barracks in the spring time and helping to raise awareness for the eradication of Polio.