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Purple Pinky Campaign by Ruth Lawrence


vaccinations, leading to a complete absence of outbreaks in India last year. Tim said: “We have the chance to eradicate polio in our lifetime; it can join smallpox as a thing of the past.” Polio attacks the nervous system and causes irreversible paralysis hours after infection occurs. Children under 5 are most vulnerable and although India has reached a milestone in its year free of the disease, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria still suffer from outbreaks. It will take another two years of zero reoccurrence in India to qualify as polio free, but this will only continue if immunisation is continued. The mass eradication programme was started by the World Health Organisation with help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and


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As Spring awakens the earth, sixty two thousand crocus bulbs will soon emerge on Muster Green in Haywards Heath, symbolising young lives saved from the ravages of polio.


resident of Haywards Heath Rotary, Tim French MBE, told me how the Focus on the Crocus campaign has helped provide polio


others, including International Rotary. As Bill Gates said, “if we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” The ultimate goal is a polio free world, which is only possible with the routine inoculation of vulnerable children. In 1988, polio was rife in 125 countries; now it remains in a handful. A polio free world is now a tantalizing possibility for our generation to achieve. You can be part of the drive to halt polio once and for all. A single square metre of Ruby Giant crocuses can be sponsored for just £50. Join together with friends, neighbours or work colleagues and be part of the success story. A donation lasts a lifetime as crocus bulbs fl ower each spring and all money goes directly to inoculate children in polio affected countries. You can make a gift aid donation to Haywards Heath Rotary (charity no. 1041367), cheques can be made


out to Haywards Heath Rotary, sent to Treasurer Nigel Vokes, 7 Bluntswood Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH26 1ND. Alternatively, go to the website www.itsmagic.org.uk/crocus, click on a crocus and you can see the plots that need sponsoring and make your payment by credit card. You may also be able to assist our campaign by taking part in The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride on Sunday 1t


April or the Sussex Living Marathon on Sunday 6 May in Haywards Heath and collecting sponsorship money for the Purple Pinky Campaign. For more information and sponsorship forms please visit www.itsmagic.org.uk What better way to celebrate spring than knowing that you’ve done your bit to make polio disappear and helped save children’s lives across the world? ■


WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP


SUSSEX LIVING 87March 2012


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