Purple for Polio - Spring 2018 Crocus bulbs in bloom outside of Ashgate Hospice
The photograph shows the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield illuminated in purple as part of World Polio Day
SEE OUR DONATIONS PAGE TO MAKE A DONATION Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale World Polio Day Tuesday 24th October 2017 Rotarians Rob Wallace and Has Oldham have organised events to celebrate World Polio Day on Tuesday 24th October 2017 The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale has teamed up with Ashgate Hospice to plant crocus corms in the grass verge outside of the hospice. Pictured below is the Rotary Roundel, which will be left in place until the Spring, so the purple crocus plants can grow between them. The initiative is part of efforts to raise money and awareness for the fight to eradicate this crippling and deadly disease from our planet! Rotary has played a large part in the success of reducing the incidents of Polio throughout the world from 350,000 cases p.a. to just 7. Only 3 countries still remain to be rid of this crippling disease. Purple for Polio Crocus Planting at Ashgate Hospice – October 2017 On Tuesday 24th October to raise awareness, Rob, Has and their team of volunteers, plan to illuminate 5 buildings Chesterfield. Purple is the colour which has been chosen to represent the fight against Polio. Those buildings are: The Parish Church (Crooked Spire) - Town Centre S40 1XJ CASA Hotel - junction Lockoford Lane and the by-pass S41 7JB St John Ambulance HQ - Derby Rd S40 2ED St Thomas' Church - Chatsworth Rd S40 3AW Blenheim Court - junction of Newbold Rd and Sheffield Rd S41 7PG They have the services of a fully qualified electrician and lighting specialist Peter J Davies, who served his initial apprenticeship and qualified as a theatrical lighting engineer in London's West End Theatres. A working party under Peter's leadership will undertake the necessary works throughout Monday 22nd, with final adjustments being made after nightfall on Monday. (Effectively a dress rehearsal) - good opportunity to invite BBC Look North News film crew to, such that their film could be trailed on the early evening Look North News on World Polio Day! Participating Primary schools who have been working through the Polio Education Packs obtained through Doncaster St Ledger Rotary Club: Deer Park Primary School - Wingerworth S42 6TD Highfield Hall Primary School - Newbold S41 8AZ Hollingwood Primary School - Hollingwood S43 2JG All 3 schools have been supplied with sufficient crocus corms to enable everyone who has been studying the Polio Education Packs to plant a corm at their school as a perpetual reminder each spring. Crocus button holes - The school council at Hollingwood Primary have decided to make the Rotary Foundation Purple for Polio campaign, their primary fund raising project this half term. Chesterfield Scarsdale have supplied them with a box of 100 purple crocus buttonholes to sell as part of their fund raising spectacular this Thursday 19th October, when the whole school plans to dress in purple.