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Council Joins Newtownabbey Rotary Club to Plant Crocus Corms for World Polio Day

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council join forces with Newtownabbey Rotary Club to highlight awareness of Polio by planting Crocus Corms at Lilian Bland Pavilion and Mossley Pavilion.

Newtownabbey Rotary Club’s Foundation Committee Chairperson, Leonard Sproule asked Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and community members to join in their plan to plant 4,000 Crocus Corms for a commemorative bed.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper said,

“The Council is proud to be supporting the Rotary’s Club’s initiative towards eradicating Polio, as part of a global effort.

“These vibrant Crocus Corms are a reminder to us that we’re very fortunate to have access to the polio vaccine, all thanks to the unwavering dedication of healthcare professionals.”


This initiative will raise awareness about the ongoing fight against polio and highlight the significance of global vaccination efforts. Polio, a highly infectious disease, has devastating effects on young children and can cause lifelong paralysis.

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 made a significant financial contribution to ending polio since 1985, and the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey have supported this campaign since it began.