Bilston goes purple to raise awareness of polio

By Harriet Evans | Bilston | News | Published:

The community has come together to turn Bilston purple to raise awareness of polio.

Gerald Brooks, President of Bilston Rotary Club and Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, centre, with children from Bilston CofE Primary School as they plant crocuses

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi teamed up with Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bilston & Wolverhampton West and school children from Bilston CofE school to mark World Polio Day today.

They spent yesterday morning planting crocuses at the Bert Williams Leisure Centre.

Rotary clubs worldwide help to plant millions of purple crocuses every year to raise awareness for efforts to end polio by adding a splash of colour to their communities.

The reason Rotary choose purple crocuses is because when a child receives their life saving polio drops on immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine.

Summer Timmins, Ava Maformbo and Jaheem Tucker from Bilston CofE Primary School as they plant crocuses outside the Bert Williams Leisure Centre as part of the purple for polio campaign

Councillor Momenabadi, who is also a Governor at Bilston CofE, said: “It was great to be able to talk to the children before we began planting about the significance of World Polio Day and the need to eradicate the life threatening and disabling polio virus.

"It was a fantastic morning spent raising awareness of this important issue.

"Thank you to the school children, staff, Rotary Club and Council staff who made today’s event possible."


The team were joined by two park rangers from Wolverhampton Council who ensured the children were kitted out with shovels.

Children were excited to get their hands dirty digging and planting the bulbs which will transform the leisure centre's exterior in the coming month.

Spring each year sees a beautiful purple carpet of crocus blooming in many communities across Great Britain and Ireland thanks to the purple crocus planting campaign to raise awareness of the Rotary fight for a polio free world.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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