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Newtownabbey Rotary Club Plants Crocus Corms to Mark World Polio Day

Newtownabbey Rotary Club wanted to create something special to highlight World Polio Day on Monday 24 October.

The Club’s Foundation Committee chairperson, Leonard Sproule, asked Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to join in their plan to plant 4,000 Crocus corms for a commemorative bed in Threemilewater Park.

The Crocus corms will bloom into a beautiful shade of purple; this colour is prominent in the fight to tackle polio and is used to mark the finger of those vaccinated against the virus. Rotary International has contributed more than US$2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985, and the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey have supported this campaign since it began.

The flowers will help provide a beautiful space at Threemilewater Park for the Borough to enjoy, remember, and reinforce Polio awareness.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross said,

“It is a wonderful idea to raise awareness for World Polio day by planting Crocus corms that will add a splash of colour. They are sure to capture passers-by’s attention and raise awareness that we’re very fortunate to have access to the polio vaccine, thanks to dedicated healthcare professionals.”