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Focus on the Crocus

02 January 2018


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill, recently supported the local Rotary Clubs’ Focus on the Crocus campaign. The campaign’s aim was to plant 5,000 purple crocuses across the Borough. The purple crocuses signify the purple dyed finger of every child vaccinated against polio, which will help to raise awareness on the eradication of polio worldwide.

The Mayor commented; “It was a pleasure to support the local Rotary Clubs’ Focus on the Crocus programme planting purple crocuses at Belmont Cemetery. I would like to thank Ballycraigy and St Joseph’s Primary Schools, for their help in supporting this worthy campaign.”

Naomi Carey, Vice President of Antrim 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.  In 2010 RIBI (Rotary in Gt. Britain & Ireland) initiated the Focus on the Crocus campaign and for every £1 raised the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation makes it up to £3.”