Trail Community in Bloom volunteers and Rotarians began planting 350 Rotary Polio Tulip bulbs in Rotary Park on Thursday morning. Proceeds from the sale of bulbs go towards vaccinating children against polio in an effort to eradicate the disease around the world. Guy Bertrand photo Trail Community in Bloom volunteers and Rotarians planted 350 tulip bulbs on Thursday. (Guy Bertrand photo)

Trail tulips help a global cause

Rotarians show support for polio eradication

Trail Community in Bloom volunteers and Rotarians planted 350 Rotary Polio Tulip bulbs in Rotary Park on Thursday morning.

Proceeds from the sale of bulbs go towards vaccinating children against polio in an effort to eradicate the disease around the world.

Background from Rotary.Org:

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

Read more: End Polio

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We’ve helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.



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