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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dundalk delights in purple!

Dundalk Rotarians Aad Veerkamp, Bill McCarthy, Criona O'Reilly, Oliver Nixon, Kevin Smyth, Barry Oliver, Noel Reid, Gay Berkery, Oliver McDermott, Paddy Williams
Dundalk Rotarians Aad Veerkamp, Bill McCarthy, Criona O'Reilly, Oliver Nixon, Kevin Smyth, Barry Oliver, Noel Reid, Gay Berkery, Oliver McDermott, Paddy Williams

Olivia Ryan

Dundalk is set to bloom in purple next Spring after 20,000 purple crocuses were planted in town last week.

The planting at Jocelyn Grove, was led by Dundalk Rotary Club, with the 'invaluable assistance' of Louth County Council, as part of the 'Purple for Polio' campaign.

Dundalk Rotary president, Barry Oliver explained the background to the project.

'For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.'

'With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland's latest campaign 'Purple4Polio' is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.'

In Ireland, polio is no longer a threat to young children thanks to effective immunisation. The Rotary movement has been working to create the same level of protection for children across the world, supporting immunisation programmes for millions of children.

The Purple4Polio campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Club in Dundalk has been in existence for over 51 years, and to mark this campaign locally the Town Hall in Dundalk was one on hundreds of buildings around the world which chose to light up blue to support of World Polio Day.

'We were delighted to be able to do our bit locally to highlight the campaign,' said Barry.

He added: 'On behalf of the Rotary Club in Dundalk, thank you to Louth County Council for providing the plot, the man and lady power and your co-operation in allowing us to bring a little purple to Dundalk town centre.'

Irish Independent

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