Focus on the Crocus
Thanks for Life - Focus on the Crocus
This year 23 February 2011 - Rotary Day - was celebrated with a blaze of colourful purple crocus flowers.
RIBI partnered with the Eden Project and the International Flower Bulb Centre in Holland to support of the Rotary ‘Purple pinkie campaign to End Polio Now’ by launching Focus on the Crocus - a fun, community based, environmental friendly way to plant in everyone's mind the opportunity of being part of a historic worldwide campaign to finally eradicate Polio across the world ... and generally enjoy the life we are giving others.
Clubs purchased Crocus ‘Ruby Giant’ bulbs which were planted in gardens, parks, schools and communities across the country so that they would be in mass blooming on Rotary Day, funds contributing to the Campaign.
The Ruby Giant ‘purple' crocus represented the dye colour dabbed on children's little ‘pinkie' finger to indicate they have been immunised against polio.
|Belfast City Council donated the grass area in front of the Ulster Museum for planting and on 2nd October 2010 President Brian, members of the Club, pupils from Mitchell House School in East Belfast and Parks staff planted 5,000 'Ruby Giant' bulbs in support of the Purple Pinkie Campaign.|
Unfortunately, due to the severe weather, the bulbs were not in bloom on the 23rd February but finally on 9th March staff and pupils from Mitchell House School joined President Brian and other members of the Club to see the results of their planting.
The plot looked resplendent with many of the crocuses finally in bloom.
A sign was erected to identify the plot and explain its reasons for being there.
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Plot in front of Ulster Museum
A barrow-load of bulbs to be planted
Can I come back and see them in bloom please?
A future President
As far as they had got on Rotary Day 23 February 2011
nearly ready 7 March 2011