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Focus on the Crocus

01 December 2016

Pupils of Abbots Cross Primary School who took part in the Crocus Planting along with Lindsay Houston, Biodiversity Officer and members of Newtownabbey Rotary Club.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council recently joined forces with a number of schools throughout the Borough to support the local Rotary Clubs ‘Focus on the Crocus’ campaign.


Over 10,000 purple crocuses were planted at Wallace Park in Templepatrick, Abbots Cross Primary School, Abbey Community College and Ballynure Graveyard to raise awareness for Rotary International’s eradication of polio worldwide programme.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, was delighted to support the bulb planting; “These purple crocuses signify the purple dyed finger of every child within the programme who is vaccinated against polio. I would like to thank Abbotts Cross, Ballynure and Templepatrick Primary Schools and Abbey Community College for their help to plant the crocuses and support this invaluable campaign.”


Naomi Carey, President of Antrim Rotary Club said; “Our aim is to raise awareness and money for the eradication programme. For every £1 raised the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation will donate a further £2.”


Jim Fitzsimons, President of Newtownabbey Rotary Club said, “Since the programme was started in 1985, the disease has been reduced by 99% and remains endemic in just two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan.”


For more information on the Focus on the Crocus campaign log onto www.rotarygbi.org