Rotary club plants thousands of flowers for charity

Mendip Rotary Club raise awareness for polio eradication

The Mendip Rotary Club has planted 4,000 Irises in Cheddar Gorge. - Credit: Mendip Rotary Club

Members of Mendip Rotary Club have planted thousands of flowers in an effort to raise awareness for the fight to eradicate polio.

More than 4,000 Crocus Corms will soon line the island in the Cheddar Gorge Yeo.

A member of the group told the Mercury that the Rotary club has worked for three decades on the cause, during which the number of polio cases has dropped considerably.

Just 2 polio cases worldwide in 2021.

The club has raised funds to eradicate Polio since 1988. - Credit: Mendip Rotary Club

Mike Webb said: “Polio is a terrible, paralysing disease that can kill or severely disable children. For more than 30 years, Rotary has been working hard to rid the world of polio.

"When our campaign started in 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio each year in 125 countries.

"This year there has been one case in both Pakistan and Afghanistan during  January. Tremendous progress has been made, but with more than 400 million children receiving around two billion doses of the polio vaccine, we need more help from the public to make history by ending polio everywhere now and forever.”

The crocuses are expected to bloom early next year.

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