Polio awareness campaign led by Wolverhampton group

The plight of many suffering from a life-threatening illness has been highlighted by an awareness campaign in the West Midlands.

Councillor Sandra Samuels and the president of Wolverhampton and Bilston West Rotary Club Andy Baker have been travelling around Wolverhampton to spread awareness of polio
Councillor Sandra Samuels and the president of Wolverhampton and Bilston West Rotary Club Andy Baker have been travelling around Wolverhampton to spread awareness of polio

The campaign, which is being led by Wolverhampton and Bilston West Rotary club, aims to raise awareness of polio through the planting of purple crocus bulbs and a pin and poster campaign.

Ettingshall councillor Sandra Samuels and Wolverhampton and Bilston West Rotary club president Andy Baker spent the day on Wednesday travelling around Wolverhampton to deliver bulbs and posters.

They met with Ettingshall councillor Zee Russell at the Workspace in All Saints to plant bulbs in the Mike Swain memorial garden.

Councillor Samuels said the campaign was about promoting World Polio day on Saturday and informing more people about the disease.

She said: "Polio is a disease which affects children and can be fatal and because it's preventable, it's sad that we don't promote it more and create more awareness of it.

"That is why we are going to schools to promote that polio is preventable and encourage children to plant purple crocus bulbs and put up posters in the school and wear the purple crocus pins.

"There are only two countries that still have polio, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and I believe that as long as one child has polio, every child is at risk, so we want to continue to spread awareness."

Andy Baker, who is in his second term as Rotary Club president, said the campaign was part of the international campaign by the Rotary and spoke of what the purple crocus represented.

He said: "The purple crocus is planted for a reason as when people are immunised, they have a purple dye put onto their hand to show that, so we plant the crocus bulbs to reflect this.

"It's phenomenal to see this happening as I've been involved with Rotary for years and we've been pushing for this, so to get that last little push is a massive achievement."

To find out more about World Polio Day, go to endpolio.org/world-polio-day

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