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Rotary Crocuses for Carrickfergus - Nov 2016
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Crocus planting Rotarians in action


Crocus planting Rotarians break for a photograph. (L-R) John Turner, Jim McGavock, President Colin McCarthy, Colin de Fleury, Sam Crowe, Sydney Johnston, Brenda Houston, Mary Sinnamon, Stanley McAloney, Michael McCune and Hilary McGavock


Throughout this year the Rotary Club of Carrickfergus which was chartered on October 22nd 1966 is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion a series of events was planned, one of which was to plant thousands of purple crocuses in the town.

This Rotary year also marks the centenary of the Rotary Foundation, which is Rotary's only charity. It operates worldwide for the benefit of humanity on issues related to the advancement of peace, education and health.

One of Rotary Foundation's best known projects is the drive to eliminate polio from the world, a project which has attracted additional funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purple crocus is a symbol for Rotary Foundation's 'End Polio Now' campaign.

To mark the Club's 50th Anniversary and Rotary Foundation's centenary, Carrickfergus Club members have planted almost 15,000 purple crocus bulbs in the town, most of them close to Governor's Place.


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