Abingdon Vesper members planted 5000 crocus bulbs on the roadside bank of Abingdon Hospital to help publicise the Rotary initiative and funding to rid the world of Polio.
On Wednesday 13th June the annual local KidsOut Day trip took place to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, when a large number of disadvantaged children from special schools in our area, accompanied by their carers, enjoyed a day away from school in beautiful surroundings and were able to meet many animals at close quarters.
Following a presentation by Hazel Benton, Pupils at Thorngrove School, near Newbury adopted End Polio Now as their charity for the Summer and Autumn Terms in 2017.
They held had a number of fundraising events which included selling purple crocus corms, purple pinkie crocus lapel badges and having cake sales. As a result of all of their efforts they raised £1,800 for End Polio Now, which becomes £5,400, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2 for 1 matched funding.
This will contribute to the cost of 27,000 doses of the oral polio vaccine. So, each pupil at the school raised the cost of immunising 120 children against polio. A super achievement. Congratulations to all the children and staff at Thorngrove School.
Richard and Hazel Benton, members of the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper, were presented with the cheque by the Head Boy and Head Girl at a whole school assembly.