SPRING has already sprung to provide an early sight of a life-saving campaign around Bognor Regis.
Thousands of crocuses planted by volunteers to highlight the Purple4Polio campaign by the town’s Rotary clubs have begun to brighten up a variety of open spaces.
They include Hotham Park and Rectory Gardens in Felpham. Longbrook in Felpham and Gloucester Road in Bognor Regis are also among the sites which have benefited from the planting.
peter Stemp, press officer for Bognor Regis Rotary Club, said the campaign had existed for more than 30 years.
“The Purple4Polio initiative is one launched by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds and awareness for our efforts to eradicate polio across the world and promote the work of our global campaign, End Polio Now.
“Rotary’s pledge for a polio-free world was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries and hundreds of new cases every single day.
“In 2017, there were only 22 cases in the entire world but, as long as there is one single case anywhere, children everywhere are at risk.
“To finish the job, over two billion doses of oral polio vaccine have to be administered each and every year in over 60 countries until the world is finally certified polio-free.”
Rotary is supported in its goal by several global agencies, like the World Health Organisation.