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WORCESTER SIXTH FORM COLLEGE SUPPORTS THE ROTARY CROCUS CAMPAIGN

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Date: 25/11/2016

As part of the Rotary Crocus Campaign, representatives from the Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club met with students at Worcester Sixth Form College this week to plant purple crocus corms within the College grounds. The Rotary Crocus Campaign launched earlier this year with the help of the Royal Horticultural Society. It was set up as the final push to eradicate polio in conjunction with the End Polio Now charity, which Rotary Clubs around the world support.

As part of the Rotary Crocus Campaign, representatives from the Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club met with students at Worcester Sixth Form College this week to plant purple crocus corms within the College grounds.  The Rotary Crocus Campaign launched earlier this year with the help of the Royal Horticultural Society.  It was set up as the final push to eradicate polio in conjunction with the End Polio Now charity, which Rotary Clubs around the world support.
 
25 years ago, polio struck 350,000 children each year in 125 countries. Thanks to the work of Rotary and others for raising money to pay for immunisation programmes and raising awareness, this year there have only been five reported cases, affecting  two countries.
 
The crocus flower was chose to symbolise the story of the polio eradication programme. The purple crocus was significant as the purple colour matched the dye painted on the little fingers of children to show that they have been immunised against polio.  The Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club, of which Michael Kitcatt, Principal of Worcester Sixth Form College, is a founder member, purchased 5000 purple crocus corms from the Royal Horticultural Society to plant around Worcester. All the money raised from the purchase of the crocuses will be donated to the End Polio Now charity.
 
Each year Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club aims to raise £1000 for End Polio Now and so far have raised £750 this year!  Thanks to the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation every £1 Rotary gives for Polio immunisation will be increased to £3.
 
Students at Worcester Sixth Form College have offered to further support the charity by donating 25% of the proceeds taken on refreshments during their College production of 'Oh! What a Lovely War’. They are also looking at other fundraising ideas to help the End Polio Now charity.
 
Sue Smits, Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club member commented “We are ‘this close’ to a polio free world.  With the students' help we can make history and conquer polio.” 
 
Performances of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War’ will take place at Worcester Sixth Form College on 7th, 8th and 9th December 2016, 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £5 and are available by contacting Worcester Sixth Form College on 01905 362600.  25% of proceeds taken on refreshments will be donated to the Rotary Crocus Campaign