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Sunrise Rotary Club help to brighten up Grantham


By Tim Coulson


Vice president of Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club Ian Brodie helping to immunise the children.
Vice president of Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club Ian Brodie helping to immunise the children.

Throughout Grantham the daffodils and crocus are blooming, brightening up the town while making a poignant statement too.

Last Autumn, the Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club members planted thousands of bulbs that can now be seen in full flower at strategic places such as Abbey Gardens, Wyndham Park riverside, the Sensory gardens in Wyndham Park and Barrowby Road roundabout.

Planting flowers including crocus has brightened up the town this Spring.
Planting flowers including crocus has brightened up the town this Spring.

However, this was not simply just to make Grantham look nice in spring, but it was also to signify the worldwide work being done by Rotary to eradicate polio.

Every year, since 1985, Rotary has been instrumental in paying for vaccines and sending members out to help the vaccination programme.

This year, Ian Brodie, vice president of the Grantham Sunrise Club, went to India (out of his own pocket), and helped to immunise many children as possible with vaccine droplets.

Lez Jones, president nominee, said: “After each child was immunised they put a mark on the child’s finger, the mark being the colour of the crocus. Therefore, we decided to plant crocus bulbs to highlight the wonderful work that is being done by the Rotary organisation.

“Within the next decade polio could be totally eradicated, which will be a huge testament to the financial commitment and humanitarian programme of Rotary clubs worldwide.”



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