Flower fundraiser benefits polio fight

Polio crocus fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Organizers of a spring flower fundraiser are hoping to raise money to continue the fight against polio.

The deadly disease is gone from much of the world, but outbreaks are still active in three countries.

Rotary International is asking its local clubs, like the one in Youngstown, to support the cause. The purple crocus has been adopted as a symbol of the campaign, so the organization is selling crocus pins to help fund the cause.

Every dollar raised by Rotary International is being matched by $2 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“It’s always a concern when you have a disease that can boomerang back to the United States. We’ve seen outbreaks of some old diseases pop up in the last month or so,” said Youngstown Rotary President Scott Schulick.

The flower pins are available for a donation at the Youngstown Rotary office and at Chik-Fil-A in Boardman.

“It’s an outward sign of awareness that this is important. We’re raising awareness through the sale of these crocuses for $3, $5, whatever anyone would like to give. And wear those to show your support for the eradication of polio,” Schulick said.

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