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The disappointing news that polio has retrned to Nigeria after two years of being polio-free has made Rotarians all the more determined that we shall succeed. We are delighted that singer and polio-survivor, Donovan, has become a polio ambassador

Crocus Planting

The response to this campaign from clubs in the Thames Valley District has been tremendous.

We have ordered 315,000 corms, part of a total of approximately 6 million across Great Britain and Ireland. This means that in the Spring we really will be turning the country purple, celebrating Foundation’s centenary and publicising Rotary’s work to eradicate this disease once and for all. Thank you to all clubs who have taken part in this project.

The corms will arrive in late August and the District End Polio Now team will be in contact with participating clubs to arrange the collection/delivery of the corms.

Many clubs are already in touch with their local RHS, gardening group or local

council regarding planting. Guidance notes on planting can be found on the Purple4Polio sections of the District and RIBI websites. We will be in contact again with the RHS to ensure that they are aware of the level of activity that is taking place.

If you are arranging a planting event, please let the team know so that maximum publicity is achieved by this project.

Crocus Buttonholes and more

The fabric crocus buttonholes are an easy way of fundraising. If enough interest is expressed, the End Polio team will order some for District. Please let Tim Cowling know if your club would like a box of your own or one to share with another club.

Engage your local schools with Crocus Planting Packs – full planting kit and great educational facts:

Raise awareness with Crocus buttonholes

Invite friends to a World’s Greatest Meal

Fundraising Ideas


anbury Rotary Club got fundraising for End Polio Now off to a flying start with a concert on July 2nd

with the

Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir and soloist Tavia Lewis. Held in the stunning rural setting of Broughton Church, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, a capacity audience was entertained with a varied programme from the choir, under the baton of Musical Director Helen Swift, ranging from traditional Welsh songs such as O Gymru and Myfanwy

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to more modern pieces like Unchained Melody and Rhythm of Life

Following the interval, where concert goers could enjoy a complementary drink, Tavia Lewis, the vocalist winner of Banbury’s Young Musician competition, gave excellent renditions of pieces ranging from Fauré’s Pie Jesu to I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.

Newly installed President Owen Kyffin, suitably attired in a pale purple shirt,

gave a vote of thanks to the performers, audience and organizers, before taking a photo call with the Choir.

The church concert was followed by an impromptu performance in the Saye and Sele Arms, much to the delight of all present. The evening was a double success, for as well as being most enjoyable musical entertainment, it also raised the magnificent sum of £1,500 for the End Polio Now campaign.

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