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Kids help in ‘Purple Pinkie’ polio campaign

Oct 7 2010 by Mike Morgan, Evening Gazette



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THE colour purple will brighten up Teesside schools after caring pupils planted thousands of bulbs to mark the worldwide fight against polio.

Children from Skelton Primary School, with help from Saltburn Rotary Club and Bob Storey, planted 1,000 purple crocus bulbs to celebrate the eradication of polio across the world in an event called Purple Pinkie Day.

The colour purple is used because in Third World countries, after children have had jabs, they dip their little finger in purple dye.

Teacher Maria Cox said: “We are also hoping to be part of the Big Bulb Plant which, by planting millions of bulbs in the autumn, could be part of a world record.”

Children in the school will be discussing issues concerning polio and ways in which they can help.

And thanks to all that planting, a selected area in school will become a carpet of purple in the spring.

Deputy head Angela Oswald said: “The event was a great success.” She said around 100 pupils aged from five to 11 took part.

Rotary club members are planning to return in February to see the results of the pupils’ handiwork.

Meanwhile, about 30 youngsters from Lingfield Primary School in Marton, Middlesbrough, planted 2,000 crocuses and wildflowers in Fairy Dell.

Councillor Chris Hobson, one of the governors at the school, said the planting was to also show support for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign which is raising cash to help eradicate polio in countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Cllr Hobson said “Children from Year 1 to Year 6 took part in the planting. It was a beautiful day.”



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Plant a crocus and help end polio now

THE colour purple will brighten up Teesside schools after caring pupils planted thousands of bulbs to mark the worldwide fight against polio.