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Local schools team up with Strood Rotary Club ahead of World Polio Day

PUBLISHED: 12:57 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 16 October 2015

Ifield School and Kings Farm Primary School pupils with members of the Strood Rotary Club

Ifield School and Kings Farm Primary School pupils with members of the Strood Rotary Club

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Pupils from Ifield School and King's Farm Primary School Federation planted purple crocus bulbs this morning

Two local schools teamed up with Strood Rotary Club this morning to support World Polio Day.

Earlier this morning, pupils from Ifield School, King’s Farm Primary School Federation together with members from Strood Rotary Club, planted purple crocus bulbs to symbolise World Polio Day on October 23.

Rotary is a charity set up to help eradicate polio worldwide.

In some countries, to establish they have been immunised, children have their little fingernail painted purple, as a result the purple crocus is used to symbolise the “purple pinkie”.

In 1988 there were 125 countries endemic with Polio and 1,000 new cases reported each day.

Today there are only two countries with Polio, with less than 50 cases reported world-wide this year.

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