Local schools raise funds for polio campaign

Kinneff school handing over a cheque for the polio campaign

Kinneff school handing over a cheque for the polio campaign

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Schools from Kincardine and Mearns have raised money as part of Stonehaven Rotary Club’s initiative, Grow Your Own Crocus.

This is the second time Stonehaven Rotary have been involved in the campaign.

Glenbervie school handing over a cheque for the polio campaign

Glenbervie school handing over a cheque for the polio campaign

Last September, Stonehaven Rotary Club along with Rotary clubs all over Great Britain and Ireland invited local Primary schools to participate in an initiative.

The initiative was designed to educate youngsters about the devastating disease of polio and how Rotary is working to eradicate it from the world.

The purple crocus is the symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio and is the focus of this project, which was specially developed by the Rotary Crocus Campaign and the Youth Service Committee of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland. During October, packs of crocuses, along with compost and pots, were delivered to participating schools for children aged from 4-11 years to plant and grow at home.

The crocus packs, which are paid for by sponsoring Rotary clubs, included educational materials. When the crocuses start to bloom, the children bring them back to their school, where they are the focus for learning about polio, based on the experiences of children of a similar age who have the disease. They learn about Rotary’s role in polio eradication and how they can help fundraise for End Polio Now.

At the end of January, Convener of the Club’s Youth Service committee, John Balsillie, visited Kinneff School where he met with teacher Louise Fisher who had been helping the children plant the crocus corms into pots and selling them. John was delighted to be informed that the School had raised £20.00 for the Purple Pinkie – End Polio Now Campaign. He spoke to the Children and he presented a Certificate of Appreciation, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.

On Monday, February 8, he visited Glenbervie School, Drumlithie where he met with the Acting Head Teacher Jenny Glennie. Over the last few months, the Children have been selling the crocus corms, which were planted into pots. The message on the labels read: “The Rotary Club gave Glenbervie School 500 crocus corms to grow.

“The children at the school have planted 5 corms into each pot and then decorated them with purple netting to represent the Purple Pinkie. We would like to say a special thank you to Nick Lawson, F & L Services Landscape Gardening for the donation of the compost.” John was delighted to be informed that Glenbervie School raised £164.00 for the Purple Pinkie – End Polio Now Campaign. He presented a Certificate of Appreciation, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.