I had the great privilege of assisting with the planting of 5000 bulbs in south facing bank of the New Milton Recreation Ground adjacent to the War Memorial. The planting is New Milton Rotary Club’s contribution to End Polio Now / Thanks for Life Day which is on 23 February 2011. Rotarian Mary Pye has worked very hard arranging the planting and hopefully the blooming around February 2011.
The aim is to raise public awareness that Rotary has almost achieved its target to eradicate Polio worldwide and in this is being supported by the Bill Gates Foundation to promote and celebrate this event , Rotary is flooding the country with millions of Purple Crocus planting now in September to flower around this date in February.
Why Purple? It is the tiny purple dab of colour on a child’s little finger that indicates the child has been inoculated against the deadly virus. Purple Pinkie Power has helped save the lives of millions of children across the world.
New Milton Town Council has given the project great support and will enhance the design by planting daffodils as a backdrop. The Council supported the planting; New Milton Rotary President John Witt and President Elect Mary Pye , and school children from New Milton Infant School were present on Monday 27th September and were pictured planting some of the bulbs at the site. Teresa , the deputy head of the school and parents were present.
Again New Milton Infant School pupils will feature as the crocus flower in February 2011. A town centre collection by Rotarians in aid of End Polio Now campaign will take place at the same time Rotary signs will be erected where the bulbs are planted. A Thanks for Life Day on 23 February will enhance Rotary’s campaign.”