Rotary Club of Pontefract is urging local people to rid the world of polio by supporting their nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio. As part of this, Pontefract Rotary Club has provided 20,000 purple crocus bulbs to raise awareness of the final push to eradicate the disease. These have been planted by volunteers and school children at the Valley Gardens, the Race Course and village pump at East Hardwick. In 1985 Polio paralysed more than 350,000 children per year in 125 countries. Since then, 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated and cases have been reduced by 99.9%.
At East Hardwick, 2,600 bulbs were planted between the pump and bus shelter on 29th October. Thanks to volunteers Phil Bratley, of the Rotary Club, Trevor Nichol, Peter Moon, Jayne Elliot and Sue Marshall. Please see the photo of our local volunteers in the photographs section.